Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean falling under strict sets of rules or merely trying to become a better person. It is much, much more than that.
What makes Christianity so different from other beliefs and teachings is that our God is one Who is a Father to those who give themselves to Him. When we choose to come under His grace, we then enjoy all the privileges of being children of God. He protects us as a father would, He provides for us as a father would, He cares for us as a father would, and He loves us as a father would.
When we are afraid, scared, and insecure, God steps in and hold us close to Him. When we are unsure, worried, and doubtful, God shows us the way forward and He helps us figure things out as we trust in Him. When we fall, stumble, and are beaten down, God takes hold of our hand and comforts us with His peace and strength. When we mess us, make mistakes, and do wrong things, God calls us back to Him and makes us clean again.
Of course, there are consequences to our wrongdoings, but God’s discipline with us is one of love and grace, in the hopes that we will learn and want to stay as close to Him as possible...
For in Him is true life:
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”
Our Father loves to give us blessings:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ… In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”
In our Father we have hope and a future:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Our Father loves to call us His own:
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
1 John 3:1
When we become part of the Christian faith, we don’t join an order. We join a family. God’s family:
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.”
There is no condition to God’s love for us, He doesn’t make us earn it, He doesn’t expect us to be perfect children. He loves us freely and abundantly. He wants what is best for us as His own and He walks alongside us as we go through life and all its ups and downs.
This is what a father does. This is the kind of father God is to us. This is the kind of father God wants to be to you.