So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His Beloved. Ephesians 1:6 9 NLT
Dearly loved…according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Recent studies have shown that every child cries for their father’s approval. Children with involved fathers are more confident, better able to deal with frustration, less likely to commit suicide…an so much more.
Did you know that over 63% of teen suicides come from fatherless homes? Or that 90% of runaways/homeless children are from fatherless homes? I could go on.
Sherwood Films released Courageous this past year; a film encompassing the importance of a man’s involvement, not only in his children’s lives, but in the life of his wife and those around him; his purpose in being the spiritual leader of his home. If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it.
Also – for some reading. The Kendrick brothers and Priscilla Shirer wrote two compelling books (one for women and one for men) as a follow-up to the movie which were created to take you deeper, especially if you’re serious in becoming the man or woman God created you to be: The Resolution [for Men/Women]. I’ve read Shirer’s work and God has used her to lead me into making some resolutions in my life. I may be a single female in a big city; someone who used to think she didn’t have all that much impact on the world around her…but, oh, I do. Every day.
Back to the topic at hand: Something happens when a father tells his son that he is proud of him. Or when a father says to his little girl, “You will always be Daddy’s favorite girl.”
And the beautiful thing? We can follow God’s example.
A similar special moment occurred in the Bible when God the Father displayed His approval of His Son (at Jesus’ baptism) – “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) Jesus’ ministry began with the approval of His Father, well before He had performed any miracle.
Some may think that God would naturally say this of His Son, Jesus, but not of us. But the truth is that Jesus came for each and every single one of us. He came as us. He died for you. He did for me. He died as us. He achieved approval from the Father for us and as us.
I wrote yesterday how Jesus came as our representative.
If that’s not enough, God even tells us in Ephesians that we are “accepted in the Beloved”!
Why “Beloved” and not in “Christ”? God is calling us to remember what happened at the Jordan River when our Lord and Savior stepped in to be baptized. God wants us to know that we are His beloved and that He is well pleased with us.
God sees us as His beloved because He made us accepted in His Beloved. He wants us to wake up each day and, having been given mercies anew, knowing that we are unconditionally loved and wholly approved.
The more we know, accept and understand the depth of that love (that it is real) and that we are treasured by God, the more we can expect to have life to the full; we become confident that we will win every fight set before us in this life as we strive to further His kingdom on earth.
That, my friends, is how your Heavenly Father wants you to live. Live today, confident that you are His beloved!