Slave or son?
Slave or son?
It's been a while since I've posted. I've been busy dealing with some nagging life issues and our 40-day fast is about to come to an end (FOOD! yum...) On this fast, I’ve been listening to some Jack Frost teachings lately, and he has provoked me to think about the heart posture and the attitude I take in my relationship to the Father. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably unknowingly dismissed the words "son or daughter of God" as cool language to use in a conversation or a teaching and imagined the Father as a bright and shining being somewhere “out there”, whom no one has seen and who the angels and the four living creatures bow before continually. But through some of the revelation that God has given Jack, I’ve begun to see our heavenly Father as someone much more.
Everything God created us for was so He could have a home with us. The Father desires His children to live with Him, enjoy Him, and bring pleasure to His heart. His heart and His home is a place of warmth, protection, comfort, security, and identity. It is a place of purpose and destiny, affirmation and encouragement. It is a place to run to.
I’ve been asking myself the question - do I run to this place? When we approach God, do we approach Him as a slave or an orphan or as a son or daughter? An orphan does not feel valued, cherished, or accepted, and only values the Father for what He can do for them. They don’t have faith to come to the Father on their own, just as they are. They see themselves as slaves, wishfully hoping to one day obtain a master’s approval of their service. But a son says “I’m valued, I’m honored, I belong, and I don’t have to perform to be loved and accepted. He loves me simply because I am His son.” They know that they don’t have to perform for the Father’s love and acceptance. They live confident in the home they can run to.
In John 14:2, Jesus told us that He is going to prepare a place for us, that where He is we would be also. He went away to prepare us a very real place in the Father’s home. But we don’t have to wait until later - through the Holy Spirit we can step into our position as sons and daughters, having closeness, familiarity, and intimacy with the Father now. There is a place in the Father’s heart where each one of us can hear “you are the one I love, in whom I’m well pleased” every day. Jesus, as a man, knew this place. He was confident in who He was as a son, and confident in who His Father was and how He felt about Him. Jesus was the man He was because of the Father He had, not because He was God. I want to become like Jesus was – confident in the affections of my Father towards me as His son.
But in order to come into this place of sonship with the Father, it takes the working of the Holy Spirit within us (Romans 8:15-17). We were born an orphan, but we were made alive with Christ and He has given us the right to be called children of God. Do we really understand what this means and do we really live knowing this truth? Do our actions, responses towards God, and heart posture towards others reflect a deep knowing of who we are as sons and daughters of God?
I think we’ve missed the simplicity of what we were created for and created to do – to receive love and give it away. People with an orphan heart are always envious of those with love and intimacy. There is nothing more natural in life than walking in the love God created us for. God’s great promise to us is that He will restore the broken ideas of fatherhood before He returns (Malachi 4:5-6). We need the work of the Holy Spirit inside of us as believers to give us living understanding of who we are to God. Lord, help us to see you rightly and to live as sons and daughters with a home!