Many times I inadvertently slip into a religion of following Jesus instead of a dynamic relationship with Him. However, loving people is not something that we can do separately from God, since love comes from God and God is love (1 John 4:7-8). Recently, I am realizing that I have been missing a critical aspect of being a disciple of Jesus, and that is, as a disciple of Jesus, my principal identity is “son of God”.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
1 John 3:1
I have recently noticed that Jesus explained that He only did what the Father was doing (John 5:19), and He only said what the Father was saying (John 12:49-50). Where did that come from? How did Jesus know what the Father was doing and saying? Jesus intentionally spent time every day with the Father (Mark 1:35).
I previously thought that when Jesus got up early to pray, He was working hard in prayer, like digging twelve post holes before breakfast. But being a son or daughter isn’t hard work. You don’t actually have to do anything to be a son or daughter. You only have to be. Being a son or daughter is your identity, and that identity is defined by the Father. So, now I speculate that Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, actually spent a lot of time in conversation with the Father, enjoying the time together. As adopted sons and daughters of God, may we live like Jesus as we enjoy daily fellowship and conversation with our Father.