Example from Romans
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’Romans 8:15
Romans, a book in the Bible that often resonates deeply with its readers, offers profound truths that touch our lives with unwavering wisdom. As we delve into Romans 8:15, “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!'” We embark on a journey to address a pressing issue – fatherlessness. In a world where this issue plagues not only our nation but many others, it’s time to explore the impact and what God’s Word has to say about it.
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The Root of the Problem
Fatherlessness, a term that is more than just a statistic, is deeply affecting our communities, including the church. Take a moment during a church service and observe. Count how many young boys are present without adult male figures in their lives. The sight is staggering. The bottom line is this: being a father cannot be outsourced, and its impact is immeasurable. Often, these young men have no say in their situations, and due to the sinful nature of the world, their earthly fathers simply aren’t around.
The Role of God’s Word
In times like these, we turn to God’s Word to find guidance and wisdom. In Romans 8:15, we see a striking resemblance to 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” No matter who we are or the circumstances we find ourselves in, the spirit of slavery that leads to fear is not from the Father. The only fear a Christian should ever have is the fear of the Lord because He is Holy and Righteous, and we are not.
Breaking the Chains of Fear
For young people in the situation of fatherlessness, it’s easy to fall into the trap of living in fear and not trusting others, especially men. The best way to combat this and build trust is by keeping your word and showing up. By doing so, we can slowly rebuild what others have taken away by not being there.
The Beauty of Adoption
The second part of Romans 8:15 is incredibly beautiful – once we surrender to the lordship of Jesus, we become sons and daughters of the King! This means that once someone surrenders their life to Jesus, they will never be without a Father. This is a crucial message to share with those in this scenario because the void in their life is real.
The Significance of “Abba”
Digging even deeper, the true meaning of “Abba” can be intriguing. While often described as “Daddy” or “Dad,” its correct interpretation means “Father, I will obey you.” God does not desire us to have any spirits of fear in our lives, and we are all His sons and daughters. This should drive us to love Him deeply and obey Him.
For those without an earthly father at home, this message can be life-changing. Children need structure and rules, and recognizing that we have a heavenly Father who loves us and adjusting our actions to obey Him can transform our lives. He becomes the central figure in our lives.
So, if you know young people who are without fathers, don’t sit on the sidelines. Share scriptures like Romans 8:15 with them, help them understand that God loves them, and they are adopted into His Kingdom. Show them firsthand what it means to obey the Father.
By taking these simple steps, you can make a significant impact in helping a much-needed generation understand their identity and find security in the absolute truths found in Scripture. It’s time to unleash the lion within and be the support and guidance these young hearts desperately need.