The Disposition of a Son
Those who are citizens of the kingdom of God, disciples of Jesus, reveal their citizenship, their connection to Jesus as His devout followers by the disposition they manifest. Those who are led by the Spirit, (not those who claim to be disciples of Jesus) are the children of God.
We are to imitate the disposition of Jesus, who was the perfect Son of the Father. He displayed seven characteristics of a true son:
- A son must be teachable.
Although Jesus was a son, as a human being He had to learn to be a son. He had to learn obedience by what He suffered so that He could be the perfect substitute for man and the perfect sacrifice for sin.
A son does not know everything. A son does not question his father’s authority.
- A son must learn the ways of God.
- A son must learn the Word of God.
He must have the mind of Christ which was the mind of a son – humility and service. Although he is not a slave, it is his duty to serve his father.
- A son must learn obedience.
- A son must learn the fear of the Lord.
- A son must be trainable.
Jesus was trained by the Father to trust Him in every situation and not act on His own initiative by being exposed, first of all to the devil’s temptations in the wilderness.
- A son must be trained in righteousness
2.1.1. God uses hardship to train us
2.1.2. He uses the Scriptures to train us.
- A son must be trained in godliness
- A son must be trained to distinguish good from evil.
- A son must be trusting.
Jesus did not have a natural bent towards mistrust like we do. We have to learn to secure ourselves to God who is steadfast and will never be unreliable.
- A son must be trustworthy.
Jesus was trustworthy throughout all the adversities he experienced. It is one thing to trust God, but can He trust is to be faithful to Him and to His instructions?
- A son must be truthful.
We must learn to play open cards with God. We can hide nothing from Him but He wants us to walk in the light with Him. We must take ownership of our sins and failures and not pass the buck.
- We must be transparent.
Jesus was secure in His relationship with the Father. He had nothing to prove and nothing to defend.
Just as a son must be open with God, so we must be transparent in our relationships with people. We can be ourselves; we don’t have to wear masks with one another.
- A son must be thankful.
Jesus was a happy person because He was a grateful son. Gratitude is an expression of love to the Father. When we are secure in the Father’s love, as He was, we have reason to be continually thankful because God is always good.
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