“My daddy is bigger than your daddy” is the fight song of many young boys and girls when they are declaring their position in their tribe. When the child gets to the end of their own ability and strength, they begin to taut their identity by birth. When we, as Christians, get to the end of our ability we can taut our identity by adoption! Everyone knows the biggest Daddy wins.
Romans 8: 12-16 NLT, “Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are childrenof God. So, you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”
I grew up in a dysfunctional, broken home. I could never say, “My daddy is bigger than your daddy” because my daddy was not around. As a child I heard the good news of Jesus Christ. I asked him to come into my heart, forgive me and heal me from the myriad of hurts I had framing my young life. The journey of knowing “Daddy God” began.
Parents in the 1960’s would always ask when introduced to their children’s friends, “What’s your name and who’s your Daddy?” I hated that question because my name and my daddy were synonymous with abandonment, rejection, and violence. As I grew in Christ, I realized I had the best Daddy in the world, one I could be proud of and one I could trust to help me through turbulent times. The parental question lost its negative power when I accepted my adoption. There comes a time in every adopted child’s life when they have to accept their adoption, realize it changed everything and positioned them for success and prosperity. Then and only then can they declare, “My daddy is bigger than your daddy!”
As I look at the turbulent times we are facing in our major U.S. cities, my vision sees many young people of all races who have yet to discover their daddy. They see themselves as unadopted orphans begging for acceptance and purpose. They are insecure although educated, fearful yet expressing dominance, and angry while demanding their rights. They are carrying signs expressing their opinions on life, but the spiritual signs they carry say ‘Insecure, fearful and angry”. They want something or someone to believe in.
These turbulent times call for men and women who know who they are in Christ to be bold and share the good news of a “bigger and better Daddy”. We need to riot in the power and authority of the kingdom of God. We need to become the older siblings and explain adoption and kingdom principles to every hungry heart. Don’t listen to “the accuser of the brethren” who wants to bring destruction on the very people he is using. Walk in love declaring adoption through Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 13:4-10,12-13 NLT, explains our mission statement “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proudor rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”