Good Word for the Day: Feb 4, 2012

“Abba”

The first time I heard an adult use this kind of language to describe her Dad I was quite taken back. I thought she was kidding around with me; being silly. But before I laughed inappropriately I caught myself because she was clearly serious. When describing her father each time she used the word, “Daddy.” She described how her “Daddy” owned a ranch just outside of Austin, Texas; how her “Daddy” encouraged her to go away to college. I discovered this is a common affectionate title for Texans to speak of their fathers. Since then I’ve discovered it’s an invitation from our heavenly Father to address him with the same affection. Consider Jesus heartbreaking conversation when making the final decision to move toward the cross.

He said, “Daddy, Father, All things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me…” (Mark 14.40)

Consider it’s this affectionate “Daddy relationship” that Jesus gave to us as a result of the cross. In one of his first letters Paul points out, “Because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4.6) A few year later Paul says, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15) God’s true affection for us is illustrated in his invitation to call to him with “Daddy-like” deep affection as well – which is what the word “Abba” means! For more visit KarlGalik.com

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