Servant Sons and Daughters: Serving Father God from a Place of Sonship
by Anastasya Laverdiere
Published by Word Alive Press
Publication Date November 10, 2017
Genres: Christian Living
Are you experiencing the deep peace and joy that connection with God as your Father can bring? Are you confident in His presence? Do you feel your worth and value to God ebbs and flows according to how "good" or "bad" you are?
Working for God is hard. Trying to serve Him from a distance is even harder.
Speaking from personal experience, Anastasya Laverdiere conveys the message that the life of service and devotion to God must come from relationship with Him as His child to experience the fullness of what He offers. Servant Sons and Daughters builds a strong biblical basis to receive life-changing revelation of our true identity and inheritance as God's children.
If you long for deeper intimacy with God, this book is a journey into the heart He has towards you and an invitation to receive His best for you in every area of your life.
I would like to thank Livy Lynn Blog for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
If you are a Christian and desire a relationship with God that goes beyond the surface, you should read Servant Sons and Daughters. If you are not a Christian and are even remotely curious about what being a Christian is about, you should read this book.
Author Anastasya Laverdiere, who is a Canadian worship leader, has poured her heart into this book, sharing truths from the Bible that we need to know and remember. Her writing style is very warm and interesting. She has insights into familiar Scriptures that add depth and enrich the reading of them.
I really appreciate the skill with which the author applied the Word of God, showing a great love and respect for it, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). She used very clear explanations of the Scriptures and included questions for reflection that are meaningful and insightful.
With beautiful and compelling word pictures presented of the relationship we now have with God the Father through the sacrifice of Jesus, she shows us how forgiveness and acceptance allow us to live as sons – not slaves. We are worthy because God has made us so. If we have been cleansed, then shame has no part in our lives. This was such a wonderful reminder for me because my heart likes to condemn me, even for things that I did decades ago.
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The Heart of Children
Familiarity is a thief of passion, isn’t it? Sometimes becoming too familiar with a concept, place or even a relationship can cause it to lose its power and significance in our lives. Within the Christian faith, many concepts can become familiar yet lack the influence they should carry in our lives. One such concept is the idea that we are children of God and what that means. Christian or not, many people claim to understand themselves to be children of God but what does it mean? Or why does it matter?
A picture comes to mind when I think of an aspect of what it means to be a child. In the context of a healthy, loving home a child knows where the fridge is and, for the most part, they know that what is in that fridge belongs to them. Considering age appropriateness, of course, a child will know as they get older that they have the privilege of coming home from school and making a snack or sandwich or grabbing a glass of milk. This is because they’ve learned they are welcome to.
However, many Christians do not understand the welcome from a loving heavenly Father who has pursued them long before they ever knew Him. Romans chapter 8 verse 15 expounds upon the spirit or heart that a child of God, born again by faith in Christ, ought to have,
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.’”
One thing to note here is that being endowed with the Spirit of Adoption as a son or daughter of God eradicates fear. Fear of all kinds. Additionally, it brings a closeness of relationship from slaves, who would call their owner, “master”, to children who call God, “Daddy, and Father”.
When we are not fully convinced that we are accepted and loved by someone we will not be able to confidently approach them. Nor will we trust them to be for us and work on our behalf. Romans chapter 8 goes on to highlight a few more verses which are often well-known but not fully experienced;
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (v 28)
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Rom.8:31)
Although we know these verses in our minds, it’s hard to live with a reality of them until we know what they are based on – the foundation of truth laid out earlier in these passages that we are, in fact, children of God.
God’s Spirit, the Spirit of adoption within us, brings a sense of our Father’s delight to us; a knowledge of His welcome.
Servant Sons and Daughters walks through the scriptures seeking to build a biblical basis for those who know God to live in greater freedom and acceptance as His children. It paints the picture of our Father’s pursuit and desire of us. It seeks to answer why it matters to know who we are and whose we are, and highlights several areas of our lives negatively affected by an incomplete understanding of our adoption and status.
Growing in a solid identity founded upon the love of our Father is a key to connecting with the life and vibrancy available through His Spirit within us. God is so relational and longs to draw us into a deeper awareness of Him and His desire to relate with us. We really are dearly loved sons and daughters to which He states, “Everything I have is yours” (Luke 15:31)
The spiritual “fridge” of God is open to us but we must become convinced of His welcome, love, and acceptance in order to discover the depths of what He has for us.
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