“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Col. 3:23-34
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:3-12
Some things go hand in hand. Like this. We are forgiven, born again spiritually, adopted into God’s family, and promised a relationship with Him now and forever in heaven when we turn from our sins to God and His ways and believe Jesus Christ is Lord and died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead.
What goes hand in hand? This does. We become God’s forever CHILDREN, and we become God’s forever SERVANTS. We become His. And we become both.
Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings, so we become His PRINCES and PRINCESSES essentially and receive the inheritance He promises us. And we also become His SLAVES. Trouble is some of us who believe in Jesus as Lord think of ourselves as one and not the other. Some of us tend to think of ourselves as only His children – His princes and princesses – and simply believe we’ll live happily ever after in heaven enjoying our inheritance and rewards as God’s children. Others of us tend to think of ourselves only as His servants and slaves. As though our only purpose is to serve Him and others.
But in God’s Kingdom, when we become His through committing our lives to Christ, we become BOTH. We are God’s children. We are God’s servants. And it is all good, and it is all beautiful. But we must not exclude one at the expense of the other. Should we enjoy our rights, privileges, blessings, promises, and rewards as the adopted children of the King of Kings through faith in Christ? Absolutely! Should we also remember we are His servants whose greatest aim should be to love, adore, worship, praise, obey, honor, revere, magnify, serve, and glorify God? And to love and serve other sin His name? Absolutely!
What if we were to see ourselves as God’s prince servants? And princess servants? As truly both? Such that we would enjoy all the blessings of being His princes and princesses, i.e. His children? And such that we would remember each and every day to love our Father in heaven and to be disciplined and devoted in adoring and serving Him not just as Father but also as forever King? This is what we should see and do, is it not?
Let us be both. Let us do both. Let us be His children, His princes and princesses. And let us be His slaves, living to love and forever glorify our beloved Father, our beautiful King, our forever God, our almighty Master, the Lord Jesus Christ – the one who will reign forevermore, AMEN!