"Abba, Father"

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 8:12-17

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. (v. 15)

Have you seen pictures of those orphanages in Third-World countries where children are warehoused in cold, steel cribs? They have blank stares on their faces. They get food, but no one ever cuddles them. They don’t know what love is because they’ve never experienced it.

Then along comes someone to adopt them, often from the Western world. They now have someone to pick them up and hold them close. They now have parents to love them. They now have someone to call “Daddy” and “Mommy.” Life takes on a new meaning.

To the list we saw yesterday of characteristics of those who have the Spirit of God dwelling in them, we can add one more: Those who have the Spirit call out to God, “Abba, Father” (see also Galatians 4:6). “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (v. 16, NIV). Think of it! In an unfeeling world, the King of the universe is our Father.

Christ is God’s Son by nature. In Christ and through the Spirit, we are God’s children by adoption. Once we believe in Jesus, we receive the right to become children of God (John 1:12). And life becomes rich!


God, thank you for adopting me as your son/daughter and allowing me to call you “Father.” Amen.