Sons vs. Servants
So I was reading in Leviticus today and I came across as verse that stuck out to me. And the reason why it stuck out to me was that there was a contrast to what is in the Old Covenant and to what is in the New Covenant.
For the sons of Israel are My servants; they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.Leviticus 25:55 NASB
So the reason that this verse caught my eye is that God calls the Children of Israel His servants. Now if you have read the new testament you know that the believers are called Children of God. Now there is a big difference between being a servant and being a son.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.John 1:12-13 NASB
So after reading this and realising this difference, I wanted to bring this with you so we could meditate on the difference between the two and understand our identity better as believers.
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.Galatians 4:4-7 NASB
So God sent His son Jesus that would would receive the spirit of adoption. We have been given this spirit and now we are Children of God. We are far above the worries of this world now that we are His. Because what Father would abondon His children?
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!Matthew 7:7-11 NASB
So we are taken care of and our needs met, if we chose to let Him take care of us. And how do we do that? By walking in faith. How can you be blessed if you keep yourself in a small place in God. By understanding that we are children our faith can grow and we can trust God not just as our creator, but as our Father.
Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.John 14:13-14 NASB
So let’s take hold of our identity as Children of God and go to our Father’s house. Let’s ask and receive. Let’s walk in the calling that we have been called. I challenge you to meditate on what it means to be a child of God and on who you are in the sight of God. Learn to walk in that identity.
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