by Don Henry
There are many instances recorded in the New Testament where the believer is called a servant of God. As such he is bound to his master in a loving devotion which is portrayed in a willing obedience to every word of his Lord. The writers of the New Testament were glad to recognize this relationship and to confess it over and over again in their writings. Listen to their words: “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:1); “James a servant of God” (James 1:1); “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1); “Jude the servant of Jesus Christ” (Jude l); “His servant, John” (Rev. 1:1).
We, too, are happy to be classed with such mighty men of God as servants of our Lord. Once we were the servants of sin, but now the servants of righteousness, for we have been redeemed from Satan’s slave market and made free by the blood of Christ. Being made free, we became Christ’s servants. No longer, therefore, are we to be the servants of man. “For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s free man (is made free); likewise, also he that. is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of men.” (I Cor. 7:22,23). Praise the Lord for such liberty that enables us to be bondmen of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is indeed a blessed relationship.
There is, however, in the Word of God another great truth which is joined very closely to that which declares that a Christian is a servant of God—a truth, we fear, all too often forgotten. In Gal. 4:7 we read, “Wherefore, thou art no more a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” These words do not in any way contradict the fact that we are the servants of our Lord, but reveal to us by way of contrast the greater relationship and privilege of everyone born into the family of God. We are servants, but we are more, we are sons.
Sons! What a meaning there is in this! As such, we have the freedom of the Father’s house. No door is closed to us, as there is in the case of a servant. Our privileges are well-nigh unlimited, for we are sons. As sons we have the freedom of the Father’s fellowship. We enter into His presence freely, and at will. We speak His name, calling Him Abba, Father. We talk together, and He reveals to us the family secrets. None of these privileges belong to a servant, but they are ours as sons. Then, too, as sons, we are the heirs of God and joint-heirs with His Son Jesus Christ.
Beloved child of God, we are sons! Let us look up now and thank God for redeeming us and making us more than servants. We are sons through Jesus Christ our Lord.