“I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”…He said to his father in reply, ‘Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. Luke 15:19, 29
What we see is different in what He sees.
Two sons in the eyes of their Father. Two servants in the eyes of the sons.
The younger son coming back from being prodigal sees himself not worthy to be a son. He looks downs on himself and maybe his father may accept him as one of his servants. Why not? He sinned against the father. Yet, the father sees the prodigal son as his son more than his servant.
The older son coming back from serving at the field sees himself as the father’s servant. He debates the celebration at their house about him being a loyal and an obedient servant of the father. Why not? He served the father. Yet, the father sees the steady servant as his son more than his servant.
Familiar, isn’t it?
When we come back from nowhere to the Father, we see ourselves as His servants. That’s good. That’s right. Yet, our Master sees us as His sons. He looks at us, even if we are declaring ourselves to be His slaves, as His sons and daughters. This gives us more than being to serve Him. It gives us security, our relationship with Him is not based on our service but on His being a Father to us. It gives us equality, you maybe a power preacher, a lowly chair arranger or a person who works at the church background, when we face Him we are all His children. It gives us the spirit of brotherhood, since we are His sons and we serve the Father, we are called to love and support one another.
When you look, don’t look with your eyes. He sees us as His sons more than His servants.