Becoming God’s Friend. Servant, Steward or Son. How Does Your Relationship With God Make You Feel? . Secure or Fearful? Limited or Limitless? Worthy or Unworthy? Trusted or Suspected?.
Servant, Steward or Son
The bond you have with God is intended to lift you up and make you more than you could be without it. If understanding God’s presence in your life fills you with guilt and shame and doubt, there is some more that you need to know about God.
“What is God’s plan for me?”
Faith Fulfilled Ends in Friendship
I am God’s ______________
For the servant, his hope for Heaven is tied directly to his faith in himself. His hope can only be as strong as his faith in his own abilities to keep his master’s commands.
The service of the faith of a steward is still based on accounting principles. “I serve God so that I will receive” is the metric of a steward.
A son knows that no matter how he fails or struggles; he is still a son. Even if he turns, denounces his father, and walks away, like the Prodigal, he can come back. A good father always loves his son…….
And God is THE good Father.
The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Friendship: Faith’s Journey
Is that why you had a son?
Is that why you had a son?
. . .until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children . . .
You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature . . .
. . . and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
“But the Bible says we can’t ever think the way God thinks and act the way God acts!”
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Read the verses before it!
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
. . . so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
Question: When was Abraham ready to be called the “friend of God?”
Living by Faith
Question: Did Abraham leave Ur and go to the Promised Land by Faith?
Question: Did Lot leave Haran and go to the Promised Land by Faith?
Question: Did God’s word tell Abraham to go to the Promised Land? Yes!
Question: Did God’s word tell Lot to go to the Promised Land? No!
Has God spoken about ______________?
God Loves His Friends
For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness.
Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”
Then the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”
Exodus 34:6-7 – Nine statements of mercy before the first statement of judgment.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful
1 Corinthians 13:5
And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Am I God’s Friend
Servants need direction.
Children need experience.
Friends take responsibility.
Servants rebel and seek to escape when they can.
Sons need correction and to have each choice explained.
Friends walk with each other because they are united in judgment.
Servants and stewards think of obedience’s impact on themselves.
Sons think of obedience’s impact on God.
Friends see the worth of obedience in its power to proclaim truth.
Servants fear rejection.
Sons fear disappointing the father.
Friends trust for help in times of trouble.
Servants say, “If I fail, I will be punished.”
Sons say, “If I fail, seeing my Father disappointed would hurt too much.”
Friends say, “If I fail, I will learn my lesson and try again.”