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Father’s Day and Sonship

Servants or Sons?

I grew up without a dad. It must be hard to believe or even understand for those who have had the blessing of having both parents involved in their life. I’ve often sat back in wonder what it would be like, watching dad’s with their sons interacting on fishing trips, camping or other father, son activities. Even without having a Father in my life, I’ve had a privilege of knowing God directly as my Father. In some cases, I consider myself having it better than most sons. Fathers are to be a reflection of the Fatherly love of God to their children, but yet oh how much greater is God’s love for us! I have experienced the encounter of knowing the Father’s love first hand, no hinderances.

Identity is so vital within the life of a Christian. In our culture there are voices from every angle trying to speak to you’re identity. For some people they are engrossed in a career that they find identity in, for others they are ministry driven. In the midst of all of our jobs, functions and things that we do, may we never forget that before anything else we are sons.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3

Our identity is not wrapped up completely as a servant of God. Jesus made that clear by calling us “no longer servants but friends” in John 15. A servant is not involved in his master’s duties and doesn’t know the master intimately. [box] No we have been given an even greater identity, we have been adopted as sons. This changes everything friends! To know the sonship of our relationship with the Father! (Don’t worry, if you’re female this applies to you too! If men have to understand what it means to be the bride of Christ, then as a woman you have the privilege of understanding what it means to be a son).[/box]  This changes my perspective on life that I am simply a robot recieving instructions from the mother ship, constantly waiting on God to send me marching orders. As a son, I am a co-heir, co-laboror working together with my Father to accomplish His will on earth. When we get involved in what the Father is doing, He gets interested in what we are doing.

As we think about Father’s day coming up this weekend, may we seriously consider our relationship to Father God as sons. The implications of this are far greater than we can imagine. The favor that comes with sonship, the authority that we have and the sheer fact that I am loved as a son are enough for me to chew on for the next few rotations around the sun. How about you?

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    Tershbango

    June 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I can't imagine growing up without a dad. Mine isn't the talkative, emotional type, but he's always, always, ALWAYS been there for me. I will give him an extra tight hug this weekend as thanks for being blessed to have him in my life. 🙂

      aburningfire

      June 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      yes please do. I heard something on the radio this week about dads. They said, "Don't just appreciate your dad for being a dad, but appreciate him for who he IS." Sometimes we just don't appreciate who a person is versus the role they play in our lives. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

    Daily Success Guide

    June 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Yes! I am special because I am a son of God. It's quite comforting to know that there is someone up there that loves me unconditionally.

      aburningfire

      June 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks for the love Jade! Its also good to know that these comments belong to some real people! Blessings on your blog my friend. Keep in touch.

    Jermaine

    June 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    This is a great read. I recently did a bible study on understanding the type of relationship that God ordained for us to have with Him. What better time than father's day to reflect on the area of opportunity for the greater body of Christ.

    I likened the experience of separation from God to an absentee father who sends a child-support check. We are still living off of God's mercy, provision, and grace but lack the relationship. Scary.

    P.S. In the grand scheme of things I rank identity extremely high. It is third: behind LOVE and FAITH.

    Thank you for this article. It was on time.
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      aburningfire

      June 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Jermaine, thanks for the love! That is a great analogy btw. Our Father is not a "dead beat dad" just paying child support, He desires relationship with us. Seems like this would be an on point topic for the African American community that seems to have less and less fathers in the home.

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