Father or master, son or servant? How does the born again believer relate to God? Is it even important for us to understand this? I will quickly answer the last question first. Yes it is important. Too often we lose sight of who we are and whose we are and because of this, our perception of God gets distorted as we fall into the dilemma of seeing God through half opened eyes. Let us then pray: Lord, open the eyes of my heart , I want to see you. Who are you to me oh God, are you my Father or my master, and am I your Son or your Servant?
22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.( Mark 8:22-25)
Ever so often, we are touched by God’s Word and we do exclaim “once I was blind but now I can see”. True as this may be, sometimes if we ask ourselves the right questions we would realize that we need another touch and another touch from the Word, in order to clarify our vision or better yet to put what we see into proper perspective.
This then is why we must ask the Lord to open the eyes of our hearts. Give us a God’s-eye-view of your word and truth oh God. Let our perspective be clear, to your honor and glory.
God is both our father and our master hence we are sons and servants. Many Christians put aside the assurances that are associated with son-ship, focusing solely on being a servant. Is this a bad thing? Isn’t the fact that we are serving God the important thing? The answer to that lies in the fact that Jesus did not die just so that we could receive a servant’s reward. He died so that we can receive a son’s inheritance. Our adoption into son-ship was bought and paid for with the blood of Jesus Christ.
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (Colossians 4:6 (KJV))
As sons of God, all things are lawful but as servants, not all things are expedient. Instead of condemning ourselves and others because of apparent weaknesses and failures; let our speech be seasoned with grace. The salt that should flavor our speech and by extension our lives is seen by some as “God’s unmerited favor” and seen by others as “the power of Christ”. Whichever interpretation is applied, as long as it is led by the Spirit of God, will bring about the effect that God intends.
The story of the prodigal son could also be called the God-like father. All the pain that the wayward son endured were not of the father’s hand. Once the father was given a chance to speak into his son’s life, that which flowed from his heart can surly be described grace, unmerited favor.
The son in his repentant state did not think himself worthy of anything that a son could expect from a father. This based on the fact that actually treated his father as though he (the father) was dead. Asking for his portion of the father’s estate was the same as saying to the father; I wish you were dead.
The father on the other hand looked at his son through eyes filled with love. The kind of love that covers a multitude of sins.
Father: Son. – Robe, ring and shoes
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet (Luke 15:22 (KJV))
The father with the three gifts given to the son testifies to the son and all who saw it that the son’s position was not diminished in the heart of the father.
The robe: significant of righteousness. Testifying that the son is in right standing with the father.
The ring: signifying authority. This is my son. All the authority associated with this fact are hereby confirmed.
The shoes: putting on of shoes symbolizing restoration of dignity.
Our position as sons has everything to do with the father and His heart towards us. He has begotten the believer and all the work that confirms and reaffirms us as such, are by His hand. In that regard, we have no choice in the matter. Where we do have a say is in our capacity as servants.
The son will now resolve within himself to do his father’s will. Now that he knows the father’s heart towards him, his works from here onward will demonstrate his heart towards his father. Serving his father; doing his father’s will, keeping his father’s commandments flows from a heart that has experienced the boundless love of a father.
This kind of love is infectious. This love which is patient and kind, grows on those whose eyes are opened to it. This love has the power to transform the vilest of sinners into the most blessed saint. This is grace, the power of Christ that is at work within the heart of the believer.
Searving God, if it is done rightly, is not motivated be fear of being disinherited. it is a cheerfull, willing, positive response to the bidding of a Father/Master whoes seed remains in the son. So the Father’s will becomes the will of the son. God loves a cheerfull giver.