We’re Not Just God’s Servants, But Also His Children, Heirs, and Friends

“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir” (Galatians 4:7)

“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir” (Galatians 4:7)

The Bible describes our relationship to God in many ways, one of which is servant or slave. Now I don’t think many of us struggle with those ideas - God has saved us, and we in turn gratefully give our lives to him. What is sometimes harder to grasp is that we are God’s children, and perhaps even more difficult to understand, that we’re his friend.

I’m sure we all know the song - “I am a friend of God” (we play it here at KCWN) - but do we actually live like God is our friend? I’m so often in the service mode and not so much in the relationship mode. When I started dealing with chronic pain 8 years ago and the many prayers for my physical healing did not come to pass, I started to believe that maybe God didn’t like me so much; in fact I started to believe that maybe he’d stopped loving me altogether. I obsessed over the thoughts of “Where did I go wrong? What did I do? How can I fix this?”

Over the past 2 years God has opened my eyes to the good he’s accomplished both in me and through me thanks to chronic pain. I still don’t like it; still wish it would go away and still pray for physical healing - but I can also see the power and truth of Romans 8:28 at work through it. Through the pain God is slowly helping me see that I’m not only his servant but also his beloved friend.

Randy Alcorn has a great blog post about this very topic - check it out here!