Our world needs the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. It also needs the love of God the Father.
The title of a Bob Dylan song summarizes the condition of our fallen world: “Everything Is Broken.” And nothing is presently more broken than the average family. The devil can’t stand a happy, intact family, especially one with a loving, present, faithful father. Why is this the case? Such a sight reminds him of the beautiful “family life” of the Trinity. Satan cannot destroy that “family.” He cannot extinguish the love of the Spirit. He cannot drive a wedge between the heavenly Father and His beloved Son, though in his boundless hubris, he certainly tried (Matt. 4:1–11). So he tries to destroy that which reflects the familial love of the Trinity. And in our spiritual stupor, we are allowing him to have his way.
Thus, everyone we meet is yearning for a father who is always there, always kind, always attentive, always loving—a father who reaches out to them to heal and restore that which has been broken by sin.
Some years ago, a father and son in Madrid, Spain, had become estranged. The son ran away, and the father became determined to find him. He searched for months and months without success. Finally, in desperation, the father ran an ad in the Madrid newspaper. The ad read: “Dear Juan, all is forgiven. Please meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday. I love you. Love, your father.” On Saturday, two hundred men named Juan showed up, yearning to be reconnected to their fathers.
In his classic book Knowing God, J.I. Packer said: “What is a Christian? The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as Father.”
As Christians, we know the loving Father for whom every human heart ultimately yearns. Let us not keep Him to ourselves. Let us share the good news of His love and show His love to our broken world.
Our world needs the grace of Jesus, it needs the love of our Father, and it needs the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
In a world of increasing isolation, God’s image bearers are desperate for fellowship, and they are looking all over creation to find it. Ultimately, though, the Holy Spirit is the only One who can fill our fellowship cup. No created thing, not even our best and most loyal friends, can satisfy our deepest longings for fellowship.
The Holy Spirit, who graciously indwells every believer, is the One who brings us into the satisfying fellowship of the Father and the Son, assures us of our Father’s irrevocable love, and empowers us to share that love with others (Rom. 8:16; Acts 1:8; Eph. 2:18; 1 John 1:3). Let us therefore depend on the Spirit, ask for the filling of the Spirit, live in the joy of the Spirit, and bear witness regarding the satisfying communion of the Spirit, which our world so desperately needs.
In a world of swift retribution, brokenness, and isolation, let us make it our daily aim to share in word and deed the greatest gift we have received, the greatest gift we have to offer the world: the grace, love, and fellowship of our triune God.