Wednesday, May 2, 2018
1st John 5:3-4: For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments. And His commandments do not weigh us down, because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world.
My daddy is Melvin Herbert Hemsath. Most people called him, "Bill." I never did ask him why. He is with Jesus and his Father. I know that father. I also know my Father who resides in heaven where I will be one day. He is my "Abba," my "Daddy." From him comes all life. He, along with my brother, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, Abba put together this universe in all its' glory so that we can "see" Him by what He made. Abba made it all for us in which to live. Abba's "fingerprints" are all over what He made.
I see Abba everyday. Not only because of what He made. It's mostly because of His love for me. I know that I "disappoint" Abba every day. I can get selfish many times. I, because I get so caught up in the "stuff" of the day, don't think about Abba. I know that saddens me. And I'm sure that it saddens Him. Without Abba and Jesus in my life, my life has no real purpose. It has no real meaning.
At the same time, there is so much purpose and meaning to my life that I can barely scratch the surface. Why do I know this? I believe that Abba sent Jesus to me in order to save me from myself. I am lost without Him. And Jesus, my brother, my Savior, and my Lord, came to me and sacrificed Himself to save me. That is how much Abba loves me. And what can I do then to respond to His wonderful grace? I will follow His directions, or commandments. They are not a burden. I do them with great joy! Why? Because He first loved me. That is my motivation to obey His will. They are truly easy when you put your faith to it.
Do you want to know more? Are the Words of God moving you to be curious? If they are, then let's start a conversation. Make a comment. Ask a question. And let me introduce you to "Who's my daddy?" Holy Spirit, move minds and hearts and open them to begin to see You, Jesus, and Abba, Amen.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.