Sonship Mentality

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The story of the prodigal son reminds us of how man lost the sonship mentality and put on the slavery mentality that is still a challenge today even among sons and daughters of God.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Romans 12:2 NLT

The story of the prodigal son reminds us of how man lost the sonship mentality and put on the slavery mentality that is still a challenge today even among sons and daughters of God.

When Adam sinned, he ran away from God and from that time the sense of guilt and shame was passed from generation to generation till today.

The prodigal son, whose story can be found in Luke 15:11-25, had squandered his portion of inheritance and was eating pig’s food. It is reported that he came to his senses and said that he would return to his father and confess that he had sinned against heaven and his father therefore he was not worthy to be his son. That sense of unworthiness is the beginning of slavery mentality.

Now, does someone make himself a son by what he does? Is it not naturally endowed on him by birth? Does it mean that when you offend your father you are no longer a son but a slave?

The prodigal son’s statement, if not properly analysed might be mistaken for humility but it’s not in any way a humble statement. It’s rather a statement that sets the mind on the path of depravity.

With a slavery mentality came all the sacrifices to pacify God and perhaps find favour with him.

The mental state of slaves makes them serve with fear and depend on the reward of their labour for acceptance. But sons serve by faith and love, mindful of the truth that they are already accepted by the Father because of who they are and not because of what they have done.

The mentality of sons makes them have a sense of security with the Father but slaves have a sense of insecurity. This is the origin of the concept of “heaven at last” by supposed children of God.

The old testament folks were ruled by this slavery mentality and unknown to them, God had no pleasure in all their sacrifices (Heb. 10:6-8). They were actually dead works (Heb. 9:14).

The idea of walking by laws and principles with God by His children is borne out of the residue of this carryover slavery mentality.

No wonder, everything that sons should do normally by reasons of who they are, are now seen as the means of getting God to satisfy their desires. Prayer, praise, thanksgiving, giving for God’s work on earth etc have all become formulas for drawing favour from a loving Father, what a depraved mentality!

Sons serve the Father as an act of responsibility in faith and love because they see themselves as stakeholders in the Father’s business. Whereas slaves will always ask, “what is in it for us?”

Slaves compete among themselves but sons complement one another.

Sons believe every word of the Father but slaves live by suspicion.

Sons delight in the Father but slaves delight in the things of their Masters.

Beloved, having been born of the Spirit of God by the gospel, let us get rid of slavery mentality by giving quality time to know our Father and understand what actually happened to us and in us when we got born again. This is how to develop sonship mentality in our relationship with God.

The grace of God is always with us. Amen.

David Okonnah.

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