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Who’s Your Daddy?

by Mark Moore

So many times, we look at salvation as the single purpose of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. It’s the center piece of our altar calls and many times what we feel should be the “agenda” of our relationships. We love to ask, “If you were to die today, are you confident in where you would spend eternity?”

In reality, Christ came foremost to reveal the Father. So it’s not so much a matter of where you will spend eternity (the age-old question of Evangelists the world over) but “who’s your Daddy?”

Jesus put it this way, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”   John 14:6

He didn’t say “No one gets into eternity except through me”, although that is implied in the statement. He is telling His disciples what His true purpose is…that He came to provide access to the Father and to reveal who the Father is.

So why do we spend so much time thinking about where we will spend eternity and very little to no thought towards who we will spend it with? We have our eyes on the wrong prize. Salvation is the beginning of a journey not the end of one. The journey that we begin with that initial prayer of repentance and belief is a journey of discovery…discovering who this person is that calls Himself our Father, our Lord, our Savior.

The destination is not nearly as important as how we arrived there.

Consequently, we have to understand the distinction between the pursuit of eternity and the pursuit of relationship…only one of these pursuits will actually get us to our destination.

Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 3:33

Our Heavenly Father is the embodiment of The Kingdom. When we seek the Kingdom, we should actually be seeking His face & His presence. And when we do that, we get eternity in the process. What an amazing gift!

Jesus said this to those that were following Him, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”  Matthew 7:22-23

It’s plain in the text that Jesus is not talking to unbelievers, but rather to those that consider themselves “believers”, “followers of Christ”. However, they didn’t know Him, and consequently they didn’t know the Father.

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”  John 14:6-7

It’s important that we spend more time in His presence, seeking His face. Knowing HIM. And then, we should take that “knowledge of the Father” and introduce Him to those in our circles – with less emphasis on getting them to say a prayer. The prayer will come when they are introduced to the loving kindness of a gracious Father. Let’s remove our agenda from our relationships and live like Jesus lived. Let’s be people that are called to reveal the Father. If we do that, this is Jesus’ promise to us:

“’Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.‘” John 14:12-13