BIBLE READING: EXODUS 21:1-6; RUTH 1:14-18; JOHN 6:68

“And a slave does not abide forever, but a son abides forever.” John 8:35(NKJV)

A major trait of genuine sons within any family is their permanence. In other words, genuine sons never uproot themselves from their father’s house the way servants do. Most servants only leverage on their masters as launching pads for their own ministry as seen in the case of Jacob with Laban his father-in-law: “For what you had before I came was little, and it has increased to a great amount; the Lord has blessed you since my coming. And now, when shall I also provide for my own house?” Gen. 30:30(NKJV)

The truth is that God only deploys sons and not servants. There are three categories of people that can be found in any ministry i.e., those who come for a reason, a season and a lifetime.

A typical example of an abiding son from Scripture is seen through the life and ministry of Elisha the son of Shaphat. (2Kgs.2:2) When his spiritual father Elijah the Tishbite was about to be taken alive into Heaven, he tested Elisha on three separate occasions i.e., at Bethel, Jericho and Jordan. Nevertheless, he stayed with him to the very end which resulted in the confession of the sons of the prophets: “Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they bowed to the ground before him.” 2Kgs. 2:15(NKJV)

Elisha remained committed to Elijah and stayed true to him until the last moment for he was much more than a servant. He was indeed a son and the spirit of the father will only rest on true sons. Servants only seek endorsement and come to collect equipment for the launching of their own ministries. Genuine sons, on the other hand, abide forever through thick and thin regardless of the circumstances. The Lord cause us to abide in our father’s house forever as true sons.


Heavenly Father, we thank You for granting us the Grace of Sonship. O Lord, please help us become genuine sons who abide in our father’s house forever in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.

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