총 게시물 610건, 최근 2 건

The heart of our Father

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-07-03 (수) 07:37 조회 : 102
설교일 : 2019.06.30
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : John 15:4-8

June 30, 2019

Christian Life Series #5

 

The heart of our Father

John 15:4-8

 

Rev. Eungyong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

One day while watching TV at home, I was really touched by the message of an advertising commercial.

 

< A father and a son go mountain climbing together. Naturally, the young man walks faster and is ahead of his father. Then, he thinks, “I should walk slowly when I am walking with my father, because he cannot catch up with me.” He knows his father is getting old.

But the father, walking behind his son, thinks, “I like to walk slowly when I am with my son, because I want to enjoy this walk with him as long as possible.”

 

Understanding the heart of another person is so important in any situation. If the son understood his father’s heart, he would have had a different pace in his walk.

 

The same goes with our life and with our faith. Understanding the heart of our Father God will open the door of faith for us.

 

In our life of faith, we try our best to understand ‘the heart of our Father’ and follow His heart. Today’s passage in the Gospel of John tells us about the heart of the Father through the parable of the vine and the gardener.

 

1.  The Father’s heart is asking us to ‘remain in me’

 

Jesus is teaching us about ‘the truth of our relationship’ through this parable of the vine, as our faith is the product of our relationships. There is one thing more important in our life of faith than attending worship services regularly, doing the tithing in accordance with the Bible, and serving others well at church, and that is our relationship. Our relationship with God is very important to Him.

 

That is the reason God says in Hosea that He wants more sacrifices of love than sacrifices of offerings. We can see that God values our relationship with Him very highly.

 

While meditating upon ‘2 Samuel’ during the Quiet Time, I came across the famous scene of David’s adultery with Bathsheba. In the past, I used to think that it was about the sin of David and about the sin of lust, but this time I realized that it was about David’s losses. David didn’t just commit an adultery, but implicated several soldiers under his command in this affair. I began to see what David had lost. Until then, David had been a man of the grace, having been bestowed by God with more blessings than he deserved. Now, he lost the grace.

 

1)  David lost the sense of faithful awareness that ‘God was with him and saw everything that he did’.

 

Because of this awareness, he had been able to endure all the past hardships, but now he lost the most important thing.   

 

2)  David lost the sense of hope and expectation that ‘God has the final answer’.


To David, God always was the final answer. Ever since the Prophet Samuel showed up at his father Jesse’s house and anointed him to be the king, while ignoring his many older brothers, he had many experiences of God’s interference in his life including the time he defeated Goliath and then became the son-in-law of King Saul. Later on in his life, he had several opportunities to kill Saul, but he didn’t, because of his conviction that God had the final answer. But now he lost that conviction.

 

David’s losses didn’t just end as losses, but brought the break-off of his relationship with God.

 

For that reason, Jesus is asking us, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” He is calling us to have a relationship with God, which is what God really wants.

 

Then, He explained the relationship more in detail.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

Why does He call us to be in the relationship with God? We can bear fruit only when we remain in the relationship. Just as the branches have to remain in the vine to bear fruit, we have to remain in God, in order to bear much fruit. Why do we need to have the relationship? It is because only when we remain in a relationship with Him, we can understand the heart of God. And only those who understand the heart of God will be able to please God in their lives.

 

In the chapter 23 of ‘2 Samuel’, David was fighting against the Philistines whose garrison was at Bethlehem, David’s hometown. David couldn’t visit his old home because of Philistines and he blurted out his wish, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” Without telling David, three mighty men, risking their lives, broke through the enemy lines, drew water from the well and carried it back to David. But David would not drink the water and poured it out before God, saying “This is the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives!” This is the story of three mighty men who understood the heart of David and of David who understood the hearts of three might men.

 

There were many brave men under David, but the Bible describes their heroic deeds as ‘not as good as those of the Three’. It was not because these three men were more courageous than other soldiers, but because they were able to understand the heart of David, they built the relationship. Then, they were allowed to accomplish amazing things.

 

God invites us to have a relationship with Him first, and that is the heart of our Father.

 

2.  God calls us ‘His children’.

 

God has called us to be His children, not His servants. What does it mean to be His children? It means that we are called into a very special relationship with Him.

 

Jesus says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” Isn’t this a message of blessings for God’s children?

 

Jesus also says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11)

 

This is the true message for us as the children of God. When we reflect upon the things we do for our children, we realize the reason why God calls us His children.

 

   1)  How much more!

 

Even an evil person knows how to give good gifts to his children, how much more good gifts God will give to those children who ask Him! I believe this is the truth of our special relationship with God.

 

I have been impressed with the grace of God that was bestowed upon David after his adultery with Bathsheba in ‘2 Samuel’. God sent Prophet Nathan to David. Instead of judging and punishing David for his crime, God gave David an opportunity to repent. How much more would God give David?

 

How much more will our Father in heaven give good gifts to His children?

 

< Many adolescent teenagers hurt their parents with their words.

One deaconess told me the most hurtful words she had heard from her child was; “I didn’t ask you to give birth to me!” The reason she was so hurt by her daughter’s words was that she had said the exactly same words to her own mother long ago. Being reminded of her own mother, she cried a lot for her mother and for her daughter. There was nothing for her to do, but love her daughter and embrace her. >

 

   2)  Giving good gifts!

 

God gives good gifts to His children, as He has the heart of a father. All fathers, including evil ones, want to give good gifts to their children. And God can give more.

 

< One day my son said to me that he didn’t have many things he wanted to have, and I felt a pain in my heart to hear his words, as they reminded me of my own self at his age. In my Junior year in High School, I had a friend whose family was very rich. When I visited him at his luxurious 2 story Western-style house, his family car was parked at the entrance. When we played a game of table tennis in his basement, I couldn’t beat him, even though I had been a pretty good player at church. He had been practicing with a machine that shot out balls automatically and he also used a special ‘butterfly’ paddle. On my way home, I felt depressed and realized that there were many things I didn’t have.

Ever since I became a parent, I have always wanted to give the best possible things to my children. Then, I was reminded of my own father who had given me the best possible things always.

 

After another visit to my friend’s home, I really wanted to own a record-player. When I told my wish to my father, he just laughed, as the price of one record-player was equal to my father’s one-month salary. But I didn’t give up. I began to buy LP records with my allowances; ‘Hotel California’ album by Eagles, ‘Highway Star’ album by Deep Purple, and the Korean singer Cho Yong-Pil’s album. It took me a long time to buy these 3 albums. When I came home with my first album, I remember how confused my father looked. Soon after he saw that I had collected the third album, my father took me to buy a record-player.

 

Later on, I found out from my father that after seeing my record collection, he was really motivated to save the money to buy a record-player, so he took over special night duty for extra pay. I was really touched by my father’s sacrifice for my sake. He always wanted to give good things to his foolish son. >

 

Understanding the heart of our Father will open the door of our faith. When you realize these truths about God’s gifts to His children, you can go out to God with deeper appreciation of Him.

 

3.  God wants us to do as He does.

 

God says to us, “Do as I do”. God has a special purpose in calling us for a special relationship.

 

His purpose for us is to encourage us to do as He does.

 

< Pastor Eddy Leo of Abba Church in Indonesia preached the Gospel to a street boy and urged him to believe in God. Then, the boy asked, “Who is this God?” When Pastor Leo answered, “God is your Father”, the boy was enraged at this remark and said, “I am going to kill this God”, as he had suffered abuse from his father.

 

Pastor Leo was confused, so he prayed to God what he should do. Then, God gave him the answer; “Do to him as I have done to you.” After meditating upon this answer for a long time, he understood the heart of God. From that time on, the pastor went to visit him often and showed his keen interest in the boy. Whenever the pastor saw the boy, he prayed for him and blessed him. After a while, the boy began to change and started to talk to the pastor. After some more time, the boy confessed to the pastor, “I found a real father through you.” Pastor Eddy Leo told him, “God has given me the heart to do to you as He has done to me. And I want you to do the same to others.” The young boy is now an adult and doing an excellent work in preaching the Gospel.

 

After today’s passage, Jesus tells us the reason for the parable of the vine and the branches.

 

“This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:17) Jesus says, “Love each other, as I have loved you.” Therefore, we have to realize what God has done for us first and understand the heart of our Father, and then we should do as He does. This is what God wants us to do.

 

Once I heard the testimony of Rev. Tae-Ki Chung on why he began to specialize in inner healing.

 

Long ago on a special field day in his elementary school on an island, he went home for lunch and saw his terrifying father standing in the yard. His father just gave him a small package and said “Eat this” and then disappeared. There were sweet melons inside of the package, so he and his older brother enjoyed eating them all, but soon forgot about the incident.

Later in life, while going through an inner healing therapy, the memories of his stern father came back to him and hurt him a lot.

When he was at his old village by chance, he remembered the sweet melons, so he asked the village people where the melon farm was. Then, he heard that there had never been any melon farm on that island, so people would have to go another island to buy those melons. After hearing this, he cried a lot and his old wounds from his father were cleansed away.

After understanding the heart of his father, he decided to specialize in ‘inner healings’ to help other people.

 

This is the last sermon of the series on our Christian Life, and today we had the blessing of sharing the heart of our Father in heaven. With our understanding of the heart of God, the door of our faith will open wide. I hope and pray that all of us will be bestowed abundantly with this grace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

총 게시물 610건, 최근 2 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
610 2019.11.17  This is the Christianity 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 Rev. Eungyong Kim
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608 2019.11.10  The Two Boats Luke 5:1-8 Rev. Eungyong Kim
607 2019.11.10  두 배 누가 복음 5:1-8 김응용 목사
606 2019.11.03  Serve the Lord with passionate zeal! Romans 12:3-13 Rev. Hoon Kyoung Lee
605 2019.11.03  열심을 품고 주를 섬기십시요 로마서 12:3-13 이훈경 목사
604 2019.10.27  보고 따라가고 믿는 삶 창세기 18:1-15 김응용 목사
603 2019.10.20  The Ideal of Abram, the Ideal of God Genesis 15:1-21 Rev. Eungyong Kim
602 2019.10.20  아브람의 이상, 하나님의 이상 창세기 15:1-21 김응용 목사
601 2019.10.13  'Divine Yes' Genesis 13:1-13 Rev. Eungyong Kim
600 2019.10.13  Divine Yes 창세기 13:1-13 김응용 목사
599 2019.10.06  From Haran to Canaan Genesis 12:1-9 Rev. Eungyong Kim
598 2019.10.06  하란에서 가나안으로 창세기 12:1-9 김응용 목사
597 2019.09.29  The Life-giving Authority (5) Luke 20:19-26 Rev. Eungyong Kim
596 2019.09.29  생명 권세 (5) 누가 복음 20:19-26 김응용 목사
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설교일 : 2019.11.17
본문말씀 : 2 Corinthians 2:5-11
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