Resource Sheet 10 – Son or Servant?

“When the proper time came, God sent His Son, born of a human mother, and born under the jurisdiction of the Law – that He might redeem those who were under the authority of the law, and lead us into becoming, by adoption, true sons of God. It is because you really are His sons that God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts to cry: ‘Father, dear Father!’

“You, my brother, are not a servant any longer, you are a son. And if you are a son, then you are an heir of God through Christ.” Galatians 4:4-7 (Phillips Translation)



Accepted on the basis of who he is – a child of his Father Accepted and appreciated on the basis of what he does
Rests secure in the love of his family and of his Father Goes through the day anxious and worried: “Will I please my Master?”
Accepted because of his relationship as son or daughter Accepted because of his workmanship
A child belongs because of his position as a person, a member of the family Acceptance depends on productivity and performance
The child can be secure all day, and know that tomorrow won’t change his status At the end of the day, the servant has peace of mind ONLY if he has proven his worth by his work. Next morning, anxiety begins again
When a child fails, he is grieved because he has hurt his parents, but his confidence is in belonging and being loved When a servant fails, his whole position is at risk – he might lose his job

From David Seamands, Healing Grace: Finding a Freedom from the Performance Trap. (Light & Life Communications, 1999, p 26)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father. (James 1:17)

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