“…when we were children, we were slaves to the elements of the universe. But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!’ So through God you are no longer a slave but a son ….” Galatians 4:1-7
In a recent sermon my husband spoke about his childhood. Now and then he and his oldest brother and sister would become so unruly and disobedient that his mother, in frustration, would go into the pantry, sit on a lard can and cry. For the kids, this was the worst punishment ever. They had made their mom, the person they loved more than anybody or anything in the world, so unhappy that she cried. What pain and remorse they felt! Not because they expected to be punished, but because they cared deeply for their mother and never wanted her to be disappointed in them.
This story tells us something about what our motive for serving should be. When we are selfish and disobedient, it hurts God; God, our Father in Heaven who loved us so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins; God who provides for us every day of our lives; God who has mercy and compassion on us, even when we turn away from Him and forget Him.
Children don’t serve and obey their parents out of fear, or even because they may gain a reward. They serve their parents out of love and gratitude for who they are and what they have done for the family.
God made us His children; He loves us; He takes care of us. Don’t disappoint Him. Serve like a son!