September 19

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Galatians 4:6

We are called primarily to be sons of God, not servants (although every son is also a servant), and certainly not hired servants.  The hired servant thinks of his work as something he does in return for his wages.  The son works because he delights to do the Father’s will, and expects no wages for his labour, knowing that he shares in the Father’s entire wealth by inheritance.  The person who hears the inner witness of the Spirit knows that their chief calling is to walk as a son, and this motivates them to live tirelessly and unceasingly for the Father.  This call fills a person with dignity and peaceful assurance that their life and work are hidden in the Father’s hand.  The prodigal son wanted to be received back as a hired servant, but he totally misunderstood his father’s heart.  His father could do nothing but receive him back as his son.  The older brother drifted from his calling as a son.  When he heard the music and celebration in his father’s house, he did not seek fellowship with the father, but with the hired servants.  When the father came out to find him, he responded with the cry of someone looking for wages: “…you never gave me…” – Luke 15:29.  The father’s response was wholly loving: “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” – Luke 15:31.  Stand up in the full realisation of your calling, for there are things to be done in the Kingdom of God that can only be done by sons who are utterly devoted to their Father in heaven.