I am a Jesus pusher! “Abba” is an intimate word used by children when addressing their father in the Aramaic language. Adults also use it in the intimacy of the family relationship. Jews avoided applying this word to God outside of prayer. There is no single example of God being addressed as “Abba” in Judaism except for Jesus in His prayers. Jesus taught His disciples to call God “Abba, Father,” a radical departure from Jewish traditions. Paul reflects the early Christian practice of prayer by using “Abba, Father.” He wrote, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15). He continued, “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba Father!’” (Galatians 4:6). In each of these verses, this attitude of openness, confidence, and affection as small children is prompted and produced by the Spirit of Jesus within the believer.
We are the light of the world.” We are the avenues whereby the Father reveals His image. It is not because we follow a list of rules or accomplish certain religious activities. We are helpless yet filled with the Father. He is shaping our lives and fathers us in all our activities and expressions. We are small children who cling to Him; we want to be like Him in all manners. There is no resistance in us to His desires and patterns. He is giving us His mind, heart, and emotions. We are an expression of who He is! It is in this embrace that we become “light.” I am a Jesus pusher!