Hugs And Kisses

I cannot resist expressing my love for my daughter, Lily.  A recurring scene in our life involves her waddling around like a dizzy duck getting into everything, and me sitting on the couch calling her to come to me.  Picture me snagging her as she tries to run by.  And when I can scoop her up, there are three inevitable occurrences.
First, I smother her with hugs.  I hold her as tightly as I can (to the point of squishing her), even tickling her neck and squeezing her legs.  Next, I shower her with kisses.  I even pretend to eat her arms!  Eventually (after 5 seconds), she squirms away.  By this point, she has had enough, and she begins wiggling out of my firm grasp in order to run after the next distraction.

Believe it or not, this has everything to do with spiritual contending.
Unless you stick your fingers in your ears every time you see Pastor’s mouth move, you have heard him challenge the GBC family to contend for the faith this year.  
Thankfully, he wrote a wonderful blog highlighting the Biblical concept of contending, and if you have not read it, I encourage you to do so soon.  You may find it here.

I invite you to grab your Bible, your journal, Pastor’s blog, and a cup of your favorite coffee—and go get with God.  Begin reading through Jude—but not too quickly!  Soak in verses 1-2—“To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.  May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.”  If we read too quickly, we will start off on the wrong foot, because we will begin fighting from the wrong stance.  You cannot contend for the faith if you are not content in His embrace.  The posture of contending is—ironically—sitting in the lap of God.  Indeed, the Lord equips us for battle by giving us hugs and kisses.  
Let me explain.

First, we must feel God’s hug.  In verse 1, Jude refers to us as “those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.”  While we spend so much of our time waddling around here-and-there chasing the latest allurement of life, God is calling us as his beloved children to climb into his lap. And he wants to keep us there.  Our temptation is to wiggle away and seek some other distraction.  We must resist this, however, and remain content snuggled in our Father’s embrace.

Second, we must receive God’s kisses.  Not only does God call, love, and keep us, in verse two He multiplies mercy, peace, and love in our lives.  He is every bit as infatuated with us as we are with our own children—indeed, more so!  And over and over he displays his affection with a flood of divine kisses.

So, as you seek to contend, ask yourself if you know the love of the Father.  Sit with Him, and stay with Him.  For this is exactly where we must be if we are to successfully contend for the faith.  After all, it is our Heavenly Father who fights for us (Deuteronomy 20:4).

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Michael Hull

Michael Hull is the Children's Pastor here at Germantown Baptist. He and his wife Amy have two children, Noah and Lily.  

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The purpose of the sharing Life blog is to provide opportunities to analyze cultural issues through the lens of biblical truth. Posts are written by Senior Pastor Charles A. Fowler as well as other members of the GBC staff. Our worship guides are also offered as a daily tool for guiding your family in worship at home.


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