You cannot serve the Lord effectively with a slave-like mindset.
Until someone has really looked into this issue, she would probably not even consider the probability that she has a lot of unhealthy, slave-like mindsets when it comes to her relationship with God through Christ.
The mindset of separation and alienation from God runs very deep in our fallen natures:
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of sonship by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)
Paul lumps everyone into the same boat in two distinct ways in this marvelous text of Scripture.
First, by saying “again”, he is clearly implying that every one of us at one point were a slave to a “spirit” of fear. He does not mean an evil spirit (demon) necessarily, but a mindset that is so pervasive that it controls much/most of what you do.
Until God helps you to have enough self-awareness to locate the vast amount of real estate in your soul that fear dominates, you will either see little need for Christ in your life – or make little progress in your relationship with Him. You might need to read that again. No one is an exception to this reality. You can live in denial…but you will not live in freedom – until you get honest about these things.
But the second reality Paul describes is really good news! God has no step children. That’s right. Nobody is God’s child by accident. Nobody is a child of God who is relegated to live on the outside, as a half-fit, or have-not. Every sincere believer in Christ has received a “spirit of sonship” by which we have a deep connection to the Father’s heart and love. Mind you, Paul is not promoting the heresy of “universalism”. He’s not saying that every human on the planet has been born again through God’s Spirit. What he is saying is that every person who has surrendered to Christ and placed their trust in Him has full access to the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of liberty! He’s a bondage breaker.
I’ll write more about this issue in the following posts. Want to listen to a great teaching on this subject? Click here to download a free mp4 video file of a teaching on this subject I gave last week. (The file is free of any ad-ware, cookies, etc.)
In closing, let me share with you a chart I put together that contrasts the slave mindset with that of sons. Which column more depicts your current attitudes and feelings?