I Can Only Imagine
Embark on a journey through the Gospels to discover Jesus’ encounters with broken people. Each day will include scripture, reflective stories, and prayer—all working together to reveal God’s incredible heart for you. Each day of this 6-day devotional contains video content with Bart Millard of MercyMe and exclusive movie scenes from the I Can Only Imagine movie. 6 Days
I can Only Imagine Devotional
Devotional - Day 3
In America, millions of people grow up every year without knowing their father, with an absent father, or in a conflicted relationship with their father. David Blankenhorn has written, “The United States is becoming an increasingly fatherless society. A generation ago, an American child could reasonably expect to grow up with his or her father. Today, an American child can reasonably expect not to. Fatherlessness is now approaching a rough parity with fatherhood as a defining feature of American childhood.”
But fatherlessness is not limited to the literal absence of a father. Many grow up and live as adults with fathers who are neglectful or detached. There is a father, but he isn’t present. When his presence is felt, it’s not full of affirmation and affection. Similarly, others grow up with a father who was physically present but emotionally damaging.
What does it look like for those with a broken image of father to discover the true and better Father?
God the Father occasionally revealed himself to Jesus during his earthly ministry. God shows up to his only Son’s baptism, a defining moment that formally launches his earthly ministry of teaching and healing.
How did God reveal himself as a good and loving Father at Jesus’ baptism?
When Jesus was baptized, his Father was present. God was not absent from his eternal Son’s baptism and he is not absent from your own life either.
The Father sent his Spirit to make his presence felt. God was not only present, he made sure his Son felt his presence; in the same way, God wants you to know and feel that he is always with you.
The Father spoke words of affirmation – “This is my Son… with him I am well pleased.” God did not remain silent, but voiced his thundering affirmation of his Son. In the same way, we who are sons and daughters of God, take confidence that he is pleased with us too; not because we’re perfect, but because we are one with Christ and his perfect life covers our imperfect lives.
The Father expressed his love and affection – “This my Son, whom I love.” God is not only affirming, he is affectionate. He loves his Son. Perhaps you remember many times your earthly dad said, “I’m proud of you.” But how many times did you hear, “I love you”?
As he spoke over Christ, so our heavenly Father now speaks over all of his children, “You are my beloved!”
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