The Father’s Joy: The Great Adventure
“So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”
God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!” Romans 8:12-16 MSG
I used to believe that if I followed Jesus with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength and all my mind that I would be destined for “Dullsville”. I’d need to wear my hair in a bun, donning a long jean skirt, sans make-up.
Wow! Was I wrong! The “trying-to-do-your-own-thing” life is arduous, lackluster and has no long-term payoff. In fact, the Apostle Paul states that “there’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all.”
The new, powerful resurrection life…through the Spirit of God living IN me…is full of adventure. Full of purpose! Full of relationship…Father to child. Knowing that Daddy’s “got this” as I confidently hold His hand walking through this Great Adventure called life!
And wherever He takes me, I know if I keep holding His hand…I’ll be just fine. More than fine. I’ll be protected. Counseled. Encouraged. Hugged. Convicted. Assured that He really knows me and I am in His “Forever Family”…with a “Forever Home”!
So when God’s Spirit beckons, I respond. No doubts. No fear. No asking “why”. No debate. Just confidence in knowing He has the best things for me to do and the best places for me to go.
I don’t have to know how my adventure is going to play out. HE KNOWS and that’s more than good enough for me.
I just hold tightly to His hand, expectantly asking, “What’s next, Papa?” He smiles at me and we walk on…