The Sermon of a Son on the Mount

This year, Father’s Day was a little different. It was a first, but it wasn’t my first Father’s Day as a father. That was 5 years ago, and it was a joyous occasion that I will never forget. There is a uniquely special feeling that accompanies your first celebration of Father’s Day as a father, but this year, it was different. This year was the first Father’s Day I celebrated without my father.  
I found myself reflecting less on what kind of a Father he was and more on what kind of a son I was. 

I can't help but draw similarities between Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount. The Bible teaches that God is not just our Father, but a good one. He desires to give us good things, protect, and comfort us. 

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. - Matthew 7:11 NLT

Scripture also teaches us about being good children. Jesus demonstrated this to us many times, especially during the Sermon on the Mount. He laid the foundation of what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. However, it is more than just being a citizen, it's more intimate than that. We are a family, sons and daughters of the King.

And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. - Romans 8:17 NLT

So when we look at the Sermon on the Mount, we can obviously see the teachings of Jesus as guiding principles of life, but we can also see a Son who is so connected to a loving Father that He comes to this earth to fulfill His wishes. We see a Son abiding in the assurance that “this is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Then we can rest fully in the knowledge that we too are His children, and in walking out these principles, what we are actually doing is walking out the gifts that Our loving Father has given to us, His Children.

JOURNAL: How can I be a son or daughter for my Heavenly Father?

ACTIVATION: Reflect on your Heavenly Father. Rest fully in the fact that He is a good Father and loves you more than you can ever imagine.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for loving me. Help me to never question who You are and what I mean to You. Guide me to be a child that pleases You in everything that I do.
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