Accepted into the family
By Paige Hunt
We were designed and created for fellowship with this wildly beautiful, spiritual family – The Trinity – who gave birth to us in the delights of their intimacy, and placed us in a wonderland of blessings known as ‘Eden’ (the pleasure garden). We all know the story – humanity chose independence, and as a result we thought that we had wandered far away from the loving gaze of our regal family, yet Christ came upon the scene and unveiled that the delight of the Trinity is ever focused upon us as if we were a priceless heirloom. If Jesus had to make a birthday wish as he blew out the candles on his cake, it would be for us to come home, back to our origin in the family of the Trinity. To be adopted back into this glorious family of perfect fellowship, becoming once again partakers of the divine nature’ (2 Peter 1:4), and effortlessly reigning in life as kings and queens due to all of the riches of heaven becoming ours freely (Romans 5:17). God is generous and lavish in His love. Hear the tenderness in his voice, and see the kindness in his eyes as he says to you:
“My son…you are always with me, and everything I have is yours” (Luke 15:31)
Everything that Daddy owns belongs to you for your own enjoyment. Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:17 encourages us to ‘put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment’. Each day, we can live our life with Daddy God, in constant communion with him – eating ice cream, reading books with him, and enjoying the warmth of those tender affections the Father has towards us. We can experience that sparkle in his eye when He looks at us, and sense how wide His eyes get when you wake up in a morning, ready to adventure with us in our little enjoyments, throughout the day. He enjoys the little pleasures with us.
This kind of love is vulnerable. It says that you are loved with the same intensity and abundance of love as every other member of the Trinity, and have just as much authority and resources as they do (John 15:9; John 3:35; John 17:23), because you belong to Daddy! It says that you really are part of the family; that God really has taken your lonely soul and put you in a fulfilling family (Psalm 68:6), and that Jesus is ‘the friend that sticks closer than a brother’ (Proverbs 18:24). Daddy loves you, and his highest priority is to bless you, and to enjoy you as you live your life being exactly who you are. He loves viewing life through your eyes.
Being adopted into Daddy’s family has greater implications for us than we could have ever hoped. The fellowship of this family, like Mr Wonka’s elusive chocolate factory that remained a wonder-inspiring mystery for so long, has opened wide its gates, and we are invited to enthusiastically explore and roam the fairytale of our dreams-come-true, being overwhelmed with the goodness of Daddy. Daddy has opened his arms to envelop us into the life of the Trinity.
We can cuddle up with Daddy God on the sofa. We can eat takeaway with Daddy, and in the simplicity and natural rhythm of life we can ‘taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!’ (Psalm 34:8)
Everywhere you look is a world of sweetness, goodness, and security. Christ is all in all (Colossians 3:11), and the resonance within you, echoing from your deepest depths, is that you truly belong and can live with child-like, care-free comfortableness and acceptance. It is like Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled finally realizing her royal identity, and coming home to the love and splendour of her palace – the place she’d dreamt about and felt she belonged since, well, forever! We belong in the family of the Trinity, and they with us.
‘And the slave does not abide in the house, but the Son abides forever’ (John 8:35).
You belong in Daddy’s house forever. It suits your unique creative styles and brings out the beauty in you. The Bible confidently assures us that:
‘The kings of the earth [that’s me and you, by the way!] bring their glory and honor into it’.
We are Daddy’s glory and his honor. Everything that makes us unique absolutely thrills the Trinity, and His house is filled with our ‘toys’ – those unique interests of ours. He has a library of pictures and memories of us, and He loves to bring out the family album and show all of the angels of heaven. Daddy’s home is a place where we feel entirely comfortable. A place where we can ‘have fellowship with the mystery’ of heaven (Ephesians 3:9) – that source of all true wonder. We can live being adored and doted on. This is why the Bible says that:
‘He who pampers his slave from childhood will in the end find him to be a son’ (Proverbs 29:21)
Your Daddy God entirely pampers you with every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Everything in his house is freely yours, including a fulfilling relationship with this Trinity. John Sheasby illustrates what being a child of Daddy looks like. It looks like this:
‘The shelter of God the Father shuts out dangers but also shuts one into the realities of fulfillment. The fulfillment pictured by a family around a fireside – communicating and sharing ideas as well as experiences in an atmosphere of warmth and caring….I don’t know where you are at in your relationship with Jesus, but I do know this: he loves your company, wants you to feel relaxed in his presence, just as the tax collectors and sinners felt as they reclined with Jesus, eating with him, drinking with him, laughing with him….
I want you to come in and dine with me.
I want to be in your presence, Lord.
and stay in your presence,
because in your presence is the fullness of joy.’
Each day can be an adventure with Daddy – the Daddy who watches over us, protects us, and has fun with us. In the morning, Daddy makes us breakfast and announces to us that he has prepared blessings in store for us throughout the day, so that we are always on our tip toes, knowing that good things are about to happen to us. We then adventure with Him throughout the day. In the afternoon, we fellowship around the Table with the Trinity, and we share in their laughter, their joy, and immerse ourselves in conversation with them. At night, Daddy tucks us into bed and sings to us lullabies, as well as telling us tales of adventure in His love. He really is this personal and close. He really does care for you this much, and this tenderly. His love is more detailed and attentive than we first thought, and the truth of this ignites the coziest fire within our hearts.
Thank You Daddy for your hospitality.
Thank You for my place of belonging.