From Slave to Son
Moving From a Slave and Poverty Mindset to a Son and Daughter Mindset
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Too often as Christians we approach God with a slave mindset instead of the mind of a son or daughter. When God adopted us in Christ, He removed all the guilt and shame of our past and placed on us His righteousness. (Romans 1:17) No longer do we need to walk with a cloud over our heads and the label of being “a sinner saved by grace”. While this was true, our new identity in Christ is that of a son*, not of a sinner because God has made all things new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Christians can be in danger of taking upon themselves the same mindset of the prodigal son as he returned home to his father. Before he journeyed home, he rehearsed in his mind what he would say to his father, “I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” (Luke 15:19)
Many of us think we are doing God a favor and walking in humility by seeing ourselves merely as “servants of the Lord”. Don’t get me wrong here; the Bible is clear that we are called to serve God and serve our fellow man. (Galatians 5:13, Colossians 3:24) But the identity of a Christian, one who has received Christ as their Lord and Savior is not that of a slave, it is one of a son or daughter.
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12, NLT)
“For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)
When the prodigal son came home he told his Father, “I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.” (Luke 15:21) Sound familiar? This is the same testimony of every believer in Jesus Christ. We have sinned against God in heaven and are unworthy to be called children of God.
The father did not respond with condemnation and scorn saying, “Yes, you’re right son. You don’t deserve my love at all!” No! It was quite the opposite. The father called for his servants to bring out fine clothing to put on his son, break out the best food and to throw a party to celebrate his son’s homecoming!
Jesus gave us this parable of the prodigal son for a very clear reason. Each of us are sons and daughters of the living God who have sinned against our Father in heaven and are truly unworthy of anything more than servitude. Yet, when the Father sees us come home, he throws an all out party in heaven (Luke 15:10) and warmly welcomes us back to where we belong, in his loving care.
Friend it is time to put away a slave mindset and realize that God has fully redeemed your life from the pit. You are no longer a slave to sin, you are now a child of the Living God. Welcome home!
* Note: For the sake of writing style, I have used son instead of writing son and daughter each time although these words can be used interchangeably.