“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”
- He gave that which was most precious to Him.
- Father gave His Son.
His Son gave up His nature as God to be born.
- He then lived a life of giving of Himself.
- He then gave His life.
- God gives.
- It’s what good natural fathers do.
- It’s what maturing spiritual fathers do.
- Because they are united with the Godhead who gives.
Father works and is working.
- Can anyone say that Jesus stopped working when He left His carpenter shop?
- He didn’t retire.
- He simply changed careers and went into His Father’s family business.
- And got to work at His new job.
- “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
Jesus’ new job was more work than His old job.
- Think about it. 🙂
- He did both jobs from rest.
- But both jobs were work.
Jesus didn’t retire after His death.
- He didn’t stop working.
- He is still working.
- He just moved into a new phase of His career, of His destiny.
Doing mandate after mandate as a spiritual father is hard work.
- Some of it physical.
- Some of it spiritual.
- All of it from rest.
- But all of it work.
- From union with Yeshua in His continued work.
- A father can say, “Yeshua is working and so am I.”
Our work is from rest.
- Without worry.
- Without striving for position.
The world sees a person’s work as their identity.
- We meet someone for the first time.
- What is one of the first questions that they ask us?
- What do you do?
- By which they mean, “What kind of work do you do?”
- And we answer, “I am a __________.”
- And we fill in the blank with our job title.
- The world defines our identity by the work that we do.
The old wineskin does this too.
- “I am a ________________.”
- And one then fills in the blank with one’s gift or office.
- One works within the old wineskin to find identity by what one does.
- You can go to school to get a degree that will give you identity from what you do.
- Secular or religious identity.
Most careers have a ladder that we climb into ever increasing identity.
- Entry level.
- Or whatever categories a particular career has.
It is called a “career path.”
- A path to higher and higher identity as a ___________ (fill in the blank).
- And to increasing honor in our job or career.
Work is honorable and so are careers.
- We are commanded to work.
- But we are not to work to become someone with increasing honor.
- We are someone in Christ and we have honor.
- We work because of who we are.
- And not becasue we want to be honored.
We are all asked to give up our secular and religious identities.
- Not necessarily to give up our jobs.
- But to give up our job as our identity as who we are.
Jesus gave up His nature as God to be born.
- To work with Father.
- Both before and after His ascension to the throne.
This all comes down to humility.
- We don’t get identity or honor from our work as who we are.
- Our work brings us honor from standing alongside Father doing what He is doing.
Fathers work and give.
- It’s what they do.
- Because it is who they are in Him.
Fathers grow in honor.
- By working with Father.
- Not by working to grow in honor.
“Love one another as I have loved you.”
- How did Jesus love us?
- By giving Himself for us.
- We are to give ourselves for one another.