Servant or Child of God


“So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” Luke 17:10

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:13

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15

I have enjoyed Downton Abbey because it gives us a full picture of life in England in the early 1900’s. Especially, interesting is the life of the servants in relationship to the Lords and Ladies. There is a living out of the Scripture, “We have done what was our duty to do.”

This has been a life long struggle for me in my relationships with my master. There is enough Scripture that speaks of our duties as a servant to the master. Only his agenda is important. My job is obedience to whatever it is that He tells me. Blackaby says in his devotional: “God does not need you to dream great dreams for your life, your family, your business, or your church. He simply asks for your obedience.” (p.135, Experiencing God Day-By-Day)

Set against this is the idea that we are the children of God. A son and a daughter certainly reacts different to the Father than a servant does. We get up in his lap, and even crawl into his bed and snuggle with him. When the servant makes a mistake, he worries about losing his job. When a daughter makes a mistake, she gets corrected, but there is no way she will lose her position in the family. It is a bond that is sealed in blood.

I have settled this issue for myself. Jesus died on the cross to move me from servant to son. I do not have to repeat the Atonement by acts of performance in order to earn this spot. It’s already mine because of the bond that is sealed in blood. I can enjoy the relationship knowing that I am loved. I will be obedient out of love for Abba, but it is a love response not a requirement of entry.

The elder brother missed that in Luke 15. He lived like he was a servant, not the son. His Father’s words ring true to anyone who is following Jesus: “Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours.”

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One thought on “Servant or Child of God

  1. The elder brother had the same leprosy in his heart as his brother: the problem of
    SELF.

    Yes, only grace saves us from ourself.

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