Friday, February 10, 2012
John 8:35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever; but a son abides forever.
Jesus says in John 15 “No longer do I call you servants…but I have called you friends.” It’s amazing to think that Jesus loved us enough to save us. But He didn’t even stop there. He could have saved us and we could have just gone to Heaven as His servants. Instead, however, He adopts us into His family to live with Him for all of eternity. Angels will be in Heaven for all of eternity too, but they were created as God’s messengers and servants. We human beings, however, were created to have fellowship with God and to be loved by Him and be His kids. Think about all the awesome and mighty creatures God made – lions, meteors, stars, and angels. They’re quite powerful creations; but they have nothing on us human beings who were created to be the children of God and not just servants.
Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son. In that parable, one of the man’s sons runs away from His father and leaves Him. At the end of the story, he comes back and was going to tell his father that he didn’t deserve to be called his son and would just be glad to be his dad’s servant. The father however, receives him back as a son and throws a party. Meanwhile, if you look at the man’s other son who never left, he was the one who was acting more like a servant and refused to go into his father’s house with his dad. This brings up an important question for us Christians, who are we acting like – God’s sons that were created to spend time with Him or just His servants?
Today, I will take some time just thanking God and meditating on how awesome it is that He considers me His son.