We are all children of a heavenly Father – Vicar’s Weekly thought

We are all children of a heavenly Father

Many people struggle with their identity and their purpose.

Who am I?

And what should I be doing?

These are two of the greatest questions in life. Today we will be exploring this together under our theme ‘the godly obedience of children’. Our understanding as Christians is that we are all children of a heavenly Father, who cares for us and loves us deeply. Our status as God’s children is at the core of our identity – it is at the heart of how we are to understand ourselves. And it must be at the heart of how we understand those around us too. Grasping a greater understanding of this will dramatically change how we relate to God our Father, and will dramatically change how we relate to other people, as fellow children. It is said that who we are has a significant impact on how we act. What we do, is, can, or should be, influenced by who we are. As Christians we have been given guidance in the Bible about certain behavioural patterns and ways of acting which we should be living out. God calls us to be open to these, and perform them in a way which is both ‘our duty and joy’ – these ways of acting should become our way of being, they should become our norm. The more we become aware of our identity as children of our heavenly Father, the more natural and normative our walk of obedience will become. Such obedience is the key to understanding our purpose in life.

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