Abba was an everyday word. It was a homely, family-word. The equivalent would be Poppa, Daddy, or Dad. It is right for you to call God your Creator, indeed He is. You speak the truth when you call Him your Master, indeed he is. It is appropriate for you to call Him your King, Lord, and Sovereign God. But, if you want to touch his heart call him by the name he loves to hear. Call Him Abba. Call him your Father.
Some time ago, my daughter and I spent several days in the old city of Jerusalem. One afternoon, as we were exiting the Jaffa gate, my daughter and I found ourselves in a throng of people. From somewhere in the crowd we heard the voice of a small child. “Abba! Abba!” We turned and looked. There was a young girl, perhaps four or five years of age. She had become separated from her family. As the people were rushing past, she was stopped and afraid.
From out of nowhere, her father appeared. By looking at his hair and clothing, I knew, he was a Hasidic Jew. When he heard his daughter cry "Abba!", he had realized that she was separated from the family. I watched closely; I wanted to see what an abba would do.
He hurried over to her. Nothing was going to stop him from reaching his daughter. He immediately lowered himself to her level. He held her close. He then looked at her in the face and brushed away the tear. He gave her a firm word. He then stood and lifted her up. She wrapped her arms around his neck and legs around his waist. He held her as they descended the ramp. When he stopped at a busy street, she stepped off the curb, so he pulled her back. When the signal changed, he led her and her sisters through the intersection. In the middle of the street, he reached down and swung her up into his arms and continued their journey.
That is what an abba does. Isn’t that what God has done for us? When we wandered away, he found us. When he found us, he lowered himself to our level. He brushed away our tears. He gave us a word of correction. He picked us up and he is leading us home. You have an abba.
I know what some of you are thinking. Yeah, God does that for some people. For good people. For strong people. Not me. I’m just ho-hum. I’m just average. I’m just measly old, little old, common, ordinary me.
Really? Because I read something else. According to what I read in the Bible, you are anything but ordinary. I read that when you said “yes” to Jesus, he said “yes” to you, that when you gave him your heart he returned the favor and gave you his.
I read that your Abba “has blessed [you] with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
That you are a “new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I read that you “have obtained an inheritance” (Ephesians 1:11). You are “heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17).
I read that you are “an ambassador of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20), you are "the fragrance of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:15), and you are being "being transformed into the image of Christ” (Romans 8:29).
I read that you have been “delivered... from the power of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of the Son” (Colossians 1:13). I read that "no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
Normal? I don’t think so.
I read that if you “Ask, you shall receive, Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). In fact, Jesus promised, “Whatever you ask in the name of your Father that will be given unto you” (John 16:23).
I even read this: “Greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
You used to be normal, ho-hum, and average. No longer. You are not who you used to be! Now you are:
- God’s child (John 1:12).
- Christ’s friend (John 15:15).
- A member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
- A saint (Ephesians 1:1).
- Redeemed and forgiven of all your sins (Colossians 1:14).
- Complete in Christ, lacking in nothing (Colossians 2:10).
- Free from condemnation (Romans 8:1—2).
- God’s coworker (2 Corinthians 6:1).
- Seated with Christ in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 2:6).
- God’s workmanship, his masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).
- A citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20).
- Adopted into God’s family (Ephesians 1:5).
- Born of God, and the evil one cannot touch you (1 John 5:18).
- You have been bought with a price… you belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20).
- Not ever going to be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:35).
It seems to me that your Abba has high affection for you! If you have taken on the name of Christ, then you have clout. When you speak, God listens. When you pray, heaven takes note. What you bind on earth is bound in heaven. What you loose on earth is loosed in heaven. Your prayer impacts the actions of God.
Why? Because you are a child of God. And you have a good father... a good, good father!
© Max Lucado, July 2016. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
This is an excerpt from Max’s "Worship Night in America" message.