Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Servant and the Child

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God"- Romans 8:16

"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” - John 15:15

A servant is accepted and appreciated on the basis of what he does.

A child on the basis of who he is.

The servant starts the day anxious and worried, wondering if his work will really please his mater.

The child rests in the secure love of the family.

The servant is accepted because of his workmanship.

The son or daughter because of a relationship.

The servant is accepted because of his productivity and performance.

The child belongs because of his position as a person.

At the end of the day, the servant has peace of mind only if he is sure he has proven his worth by his work. The next morning his anxiety starts all over again.

The child can be secure all day and know that tomorrow won’t change his status.

When a servant fails, his whole position is at stake. He might lose his job.

When a child fails, he is not afraid of being thrown out. His basic confidence is in belonging and being loved, and his performance does not change the stability of his position.


Angela said...

Loved this! Sometimes we need the reminder of who we are.

Brittany said...

Very, very good :) Thanks for sharing this with us!