Its been a minute since I’ve last written you but I have a great excuse. I’m now a daddy!
Its been so exciting!! Being a father is lots of work but the rewards far out way the work. You really cant even call it work but rather love!
Being a father has given me a greater appreciation for the gospel. The scripture says that through Christ, God not only forgave my sin but adopted me as a son! And because of this new experience the love of God has become more than just head knowledge, but is something my heart is feeling more and more.
“that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19
One of the scriptures that the Holy Spirit kept speaking to me before the birth of my daughter was in Hebrews 6:
“17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul…” Hebrews 6:17-19
What hit me was verse 17 where it says God desired to show the heirs the “unchangeable character of his purpose”, in my words he wanted to show them how serious he was. God wants his children to be confident in his promises and love towards us. And for me, my daughter is God’s gift to help me understand His love towards me.
But why do I need that assurance you ask? Because I’m reluctant to believe the good news is actually good for me or that God is for me. This unbelief robs me of the peace and joy that is available to me in the Gospel.
But when I look at my daughter, I feel an immense love for her. Not because of anything good she has done, or will do. I already know that she will do things I don’t want her to do, but that does not deter me from loving her. In the middle of all that, the truths of the gospel flood my mind and I rejoice even more in the work of Christ on my behalf. So every time I look at her I am reminded of how good the gospel really is.
Have you had a similar experience where the truth of the gospel became real to you? Share it with us! Thanks!