I know there are those who would fault me for not reminding my daughter that God deserves our praise because He is the Creator and Master of the universe (see Our Daddy Who Art In Heaven: Part One). Some would prefer I had dwelt on the fact we really can do nothing that is acceptable to God; it is only in Christ that our feeble efforts at service are satisfactory to Him. Indeed there is much more I could have said about our responsibility to serve God in attitude, word and action; but my children have heard that from me before and they will hear it again no doubt. What my daughter (and son), needed to hear that night is the same thing a whole lot of Christians need to hear; God loves you and He loves to receive gifts from you because he is your Daddy. There is nothing disrespectful about calling our Father in heaven “Daddy.” Paul tells us that the Spirit empowers us to cry out to God, “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:15), and it is generally understood the Aramaic word “Abba” is a term of endearment not unlike the English “Daddy.” My children show no disrespect to me by calling me “Daddy” or “Dad” and we show no disrespect to God by yielding to the Spirit’s urging to run to our Abba Father’s embrace.
I’m convinced the Church universal would be far more vital and alive if more of its members were comfortable sitting in the lap of the Creator and Master of the universe. What joy, what energy there would be in God’s children if they had the kind of relationship with God that allowed them to call Him Daddy. I’m not suggesting we move toward an easy breezy Christianity devoid of obedience or responsibility. That’s what some folks seem to think results when Christians become too familiar with the heavenly Father. I disagree. We are more apt to obey the One whom we know loves us deeply – and we love deeply in return. We are more likely to act responsibly when we know our behavior will honor our Daddy, the Daddy whom we love with all our heart.
Perhaps you can’t fathom having this sort of relationship with our heavenly Father – I’ve talked with plenty of Believers who are in that boat. Usually it’s because of a less than perfect earthly Father, a Father that may have been selfish, harsh or uncaring. But I want to encourage you; seek out the arms of our heavenly Daddy. Press in through prayer and pleading. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you as Daddy. Consider the Love He has shown through Jesus Christ. Draw Him a picture, sing Him a song or do a dance for Him. He’s the kind of Daddy who enjoys the gifts you give Him – not because He is selfish but because he loves you. So lavish gifts of praise upon Him and worship Him with abandon. And don’t give up until you find yourself in His embrace – in the lap of your heavenly Daddy.