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You, Abba and the Throne Room

 

By Christine Dolan 

Do we see our Heavenly Father as our Dad?  If we are truly sons and daughters then we are able to see the creator of the Universe as our intimate Father. I we have never fully understood our indentity as a Son or Daughter, adopted by God, through our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord, then we probably find it really offensive to consider God our daddy. 

Put another way, if you walked into the White House, into the Oval office and walked up to the President and said “Hello Daddy”, it would be really, really distrespectful.   Unless of course it was true, if the acting President was also your dad.  

Romans 8:14-17 

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba,  Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.   

  

A friend (female) was sharing with me a conversation she was having with an entrepreneur (male) about his business plans. As he talked about franchising, she asked him, “then what will you do once the franchises are running well?” and his answer was, “start another business, then another,”…basically with the goal of building a multi-generational legacy for his children and to have ample resources to bless the Kingdom.
 
She asked him, “why?” “when do you have enough?” He then asked her, “well, what would you do if you didn’t have to worry about about financial resources?” Her response was quick. “Without a doubt, I think our family would use it to spend more time in His throne room, worshiping Him, being with Him, praising Him.”
 
I found the whole conversation fascinating, and have been pondering if there is a “right” answer. Then I asked myself what would I want to do? And, I was even more surprised by my answer…it would be to spend more time in the throne room, too. Now, I am not sure if it is because this is such a busy season of my life with all these small children that I just crave solitude – period – , but I think it is deeper than that. Where my ambition in life before was to reach a season where I would either have gained political influence, community influence, or professional influence, somewhere over the last year my good Father has greatly lessened that desire – actually I think it has been replaced with a desire to have Kingdom influence (but hopefully not in a worldly way), if that makes sense. Where once I couldn’t wait to get my children all independent enough so I could start taking on projects, I feel the Spirit has said, Sweet child, you can’t plan that far ahead. Just plan to listen to me today. Trust me. I will use your abilities, but in ways you didn’t imagine and with abilities you didn’t know you had. And I feel him working junk out of me as I minister to my children – so why should I doubt?
 
All I know is that He has given me a hunger and thirst to be with Him more. That in seeking Him diligently for several years, it is a thirst that now truly only He can quench — I sip other things, but then quickly realize what a poor substitute they are to His wellspring of Life.
 
As I think about the man’s answer – I don’t think he’s wrong, either. Adam’s curse was to toil – and I think this godly man is desiring to toil as strategically as possible. Will he have his “throne room” season? I don’t know. I feel the Lord is showing us that nothing is more important than His commands — love Him, and love others. So, I can’t stay in the throne room for the rest of my life, or I won’t carry out the work He has purposed for me on Earth, and this man can’t avoid the throne room and just build, or he’ll miss out on hearing what he’s supposed to be building. And, that we NEED both. Our love for Him guides us on how to love others well. Often those in the throne room are interceding for those “out in the field”. Each has a role for the kingdom – but the Lord gifts us differently.
 
For me personally, the blessing in all this was a realization and a peace that the Lord has broken a certain desire for worldly fame or control of my image, part of Eve’s curse, and is replacing it with something new. He is so faithful that way, isn’t he?
 
So that leaves me with the question for others – how do YOU feel about His throne room? Comfortable there, desiring it more, scared to even see it, no thoughts about it at all — and why is that your answer? It’s at least worth a visit……

 

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