6. Jesus Pointed to the Goodness of the Father.
So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. Mark 10:18 (NKJV) Jesus lived a sinless life, so to me, it would seem worthy to call the perfect Lamb of God, “good.” Yet in this context, Jesus redirects the focus of people off of Himself and to the goodness of the Father. That’s a stunning example left for us to walk in.
In this day and age, no subject is more controversial in the world than the subject of the goodness of God. An absolute spiritual war wages over the subject, “Is God really good?” Jesus left us the model of how to combat this. Let every good work that flows through you direct people to Jesus and the heart of the Father. For in Him, all goodness dwells.
7. Jesus Taught the Importance of Going to the Father.
And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:23-24 (NKJV) In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you . . . John 16:26-27a (NKJV)
I spend a lot of my work helping people to get comfortable with the Father. So many have deep father wounds that they do not know how to relate to a perfect and loving heavenly Father. All the teachings of Jesus points us to go to the Father. Jesus even says, “You will ask me nothing.” That’s a strong statement. He’s teaching us the importance of going to the Father, in His name.
He said, “that your joy may be full.” Are we missing out on joy because we have not learned to connect to the Father? Let me just ask you a simple question. In your prayer life, when you talk to God, who are you asking to work in your life? A lot of Christians, when I listen to them pray and talk, they say, “Jesus, I come before You” or “Lord I pray today . . .” It’s great and ok to talk to Jesus. That is perfectly normal. But the Bible speaks of a deeper level. We need to go to the Father. The Name of Jesus is the access. Relationship with Jesus is access to the Father.
How many people are praying to Jesus while avoiding the Father? The depth of prayer is speaking and interacting and listening to the Father in Jesus’ Name. Many are hoping Jesus will go to the Father for them, when our Lord is saying, “You go to your Father. Go to Dad yourself. You can go freely in My name. Go with boldness.” Transformation accelerated the moment I realized that I needed to know my Father in a deeper way. I pray that you receive His love for you, that your joy may be full as well.
Published January 29, 2018 by Mark DeJesus Father’s Love
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