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Sons or Servants?

Sons or Servants?

By James Galbraith on September 10, 2018

Who are you really?

I had a moment recently when I had to ask myself what God was telling ME to do. Me! Not what He was telling others to do, or telling others to tell me to do, but what was He telling ME to do. And, once He told me, would I be willing to go through with it? Would I have that moment of obedience and run as hard and fast toward it as I could? I mean, who am I really? What if I do it wrong? Was that really Him talking to lil ol’ me? Hmmmm, maybe I should just walk out what I’ve been told and hope this whole “God’s Kingdom” thing works out in the end…

It’s a tough realization that could easily send you into a spiritual spiral, but don’t lose heart. This is ALL a good thing. I think it was best revealed to me when I realized the difference between sonship and servanthood.

Servants (or slaves) are always concerned about what they should be doing for their master. Naturally. But there are questions that come along with it, like whether they are doing what they are supposed to? Are they being validated by whoever is in charge? Did they make a mistake and now there’ll be punishment? FOR THE LOVE OF MARY, WILL I EVER GET A MICROPHONE?? Ok, that last one just slipped out. My bad. Now, I’m not saying serving is a bad thing. No way. There are countless verses in scripture about serving, but this kind of  thinking can cause our responses to be different in regards to the master.

Sonship is different. Especially Kingdom sonship. You see, sons and daughters can also serve, and they should, but it’s with a different mindset. A son or daughter has a legacy, an inheritance. They always feel free to chase their dreams and passions knowing what they possess and how it reflects on their family. They internally become the thing they know they are and they always want the best for this Kingdom and its people. They are always in constant communication with their father at any time. They have full confidence to run as hard as they can toward their goal, and in turn, the Father always backs them up! They can choose to pursue and they have the full backing of their heritage. No asking permission to run faster or harder than anyone else. They just do. With confidence.

Our heavenly Father generally knows what’s best for His kids. So, there may be some steering here and there. But know that true sons and daughters will always be honorable and become who they are meant to be. Whether they become doctors, lawyers, car salesmen, missionaries or pastors, the Father will always be pleased as long as we continue to stay in relationship with Him and His Kingdom. So we don’t have to fear the consequences of chasing too hard or too fast. Sons and daughters don’t get that luxury.

This is important to us as we walk out our relationship with the Father. What Father wouldn’t want his kids to be all they can be, and more importantly, become all they SHOULD be.

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith ~ Galatians 3:26


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James Galbraith

James Galbraith

James Galbraith hails from waaaay south. New Zealand to be precise (but don’t hold that against him). He is the guitarist/vocalist for the band Here Be Lions and has been leading worship for over 15 years all around the world. He is passionate about music, people and resourcing the local church.

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