The moment you realize Jesus actually is who He says He is you automatically become part of the family. You suddenly find yourself smack dab in the middle of brothers and sisters you never knew you had. I met my biological father when I was 17 years old and with that I got my two wonderful little sisters. The moment I met him I immediately saw where I got my sense of humor. I immediately knew who’s eyes I had. There was a likeness to my biological father that I never knew until I met him. In the same way I inherited his sarcasm and eyes we inherit a likeness to our Heavenly Father.
I’m not sure what your relationship is with your dad, if it was a great representation of “The Father’s Love” that you heard preached on Sunday Mornings or if that description makes you sick, but God wants to shake up everything you have ever thought about who He is. He wants to lavish blessings upon you and be in constant conversation with you. He will never abandon you. He will never forget to call on your birthday. He will always be present and always want to provide for you.
The moment you get your Father’s eyes things change, your vision changes. Partying looks different. The people you surrounded yourself with look different. Your marriage looks different. The way you parent your children, all look very different.
The problem is, when we sit, staring at the “different” instead of taking opportunities to create commonality, we ignore Jesus’ entire ministry.
“Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All the authority of the universe has been given to me. Now wherever you go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.” Matthew 28:18-20 TPT
The disciples were Jesus’ friends. They were not born believers. They were tax collectors, fisherman, rebels, and thieves. They helped Jesus do the work of the Father but they were friends. He did not shun people for who they were or who they used to be, he ate with them, he met them in their own mess, and called them out of it.
“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”” Matthew 22:37-40 NLT
Always have friends that can sharpen your faith, pour into you, pray for you, and share that bond of faith, but do not forget who you are called to. We did not choose him. He chose us. Believer, or far from it. We are His. All of us. Love your brothers and sisters, every single one. Know your power and influence and above all else know what your Father does with His. There are no exceptions to God’s love. Not Then, not now, not ever.