I often find myself in awe of your labor
Striving to be the best you can while maintaining peace
And it shows how great is your love
The things you most love
Are the things for which you labor
Still applying your all to find peace
And even though you don’t always have peace
And sometimes it’s hard to feel the love
And you grow weary of the labor
Remember that we see the fruits of your labor, feel the created peace, and we love you too.
By Andrew Frederick
I walked into the lobby of the textile plant and, after filling out an application, I waited to speak to the personnel manager. But instead, the plant manager came in.
Smiling, he shook my hand and said, “You must be Thomas’s son.”
“Well, if you are anything like him, you will do great here.”
My dad’s character and work ethic were highly regarded there. Though I was only 18 years-old and didn’t have an extensive work history, I found favor because of who my father was. My dad caused the door to be opened; but it was up to me to do what was necessary and what was required of me to stay there.
There were many times that I found favor because of who my father was. I later realized that I found favor also by developing my own character and work ethic. As my father’s son, I was to inherit whatever material things my dad had as well as his good name and all that his name opened up for me. That was my birthright. But as a true son who imitated his father, I received the blessing of being able to walk like he did and put his example into practice in my life. By imitating his way of doing things and making it a way of life for myself, I succeeded in several business and personal situations and continue to grow in many areas today because of that blessing.
Even before my dad was born again, he unknowingly gave me the opportunity to lay a godly foundation for my life. Some of the things he instilled in me early in my life still benefit me today. I was fortunate to be exposed to these principles, but I had to make the decision to follow them and to apply them to my life. That is even more important today as I understand and receive my birthright as a son given to me by heavenly Father, to continually walk in my blessing by building my relationship with Him and learning from His Word what truly belongs to me.
“But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” – Hebrews 12:8
We’re all looking for a “feel good Jesus.” We want a nice, comfortable relationship with God, not one that will challenge us and push us to grow into our full potential. For those of you who have children, you know that there are times, as parents, when our kids don’t “feel good” about their relationship with us. They want to do things their way, but we have a standard and an expectation for them that challenges them to do things differently. Sometimes we even have to apply a little “pressure” in their direction to help them make the right choices. Not fun. Not easy. But that’s what being a “son” is all about.
So, my question for all of us is this: are we true sons of God or are we bastards? Do we seek after the correction that comes from the Holy Ghost, ensuring that we are obtaining all that we have inherited in the faith, or are we running from a real relationship with God?
There are many qualities of sonship. There are also many requirements of sons. Let’s look at them in this series…. Quit Being a Bastard!