Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

From Servant to Son

January 30

 "A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer."  Proverbs 29:19




"... at the end of the day, our personal correction report arrives at GOD'S desk for review."


Are you a servant or a son?  The answer to that question is found in your obedience.  Each of us possess a correct-ability factor, a scale from servant to son, with humility as the ink of progress, and pride as its whiteout.  The difference between servant and son is not cognitive, it is attitudinal!  The former holds no relationship with his master, other than the hand to mouth.  The latter however, relates to his master out of love.  He is the one who seeks with his whole heart to avoid even the necessity for correction, but if it comes, he bows to its blessed yoke.  "Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: ..." Though the comprehension is there for both individuals; the servant abhors it in his pride, and spends his days out on the Boulevard of the Brut, having forsaken the cul-de-sac of HIS loving correction.

Bound in self-righteousness, many suppose they can be incorrect with terrestrial authority, and yet correct with celestial.  Children attempt this with parents, employees with employers, citizens with government, believers with pastors; ... and it never fares well.  Masters come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments; thus to prosper, you must do away with your selective submission and become correctable.  "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."  How is your profit and loss statement in regard to correction?  Is your submission stock headstrong toward a crash course?

"For whom the LORD loveth HE correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth."  Correction is designed of the LORD to nurture us unto godliness; but if we become puffed up and selectively obstinate, refusing to answer ... we deny ourselves correction's due grace in our lives.  "... they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return."  What good company we find ourselves in though, when we yield to instruction and embrace correction.  Even of CHRIST in HIS humanity, it is written: "Though HE were a SON, yet learned HE obedience ..."  It is sobering to consider, but at the end of the day, our personal correction report arrives at GOD'S desk for review.

"All scripture is given by inspiration of GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

For Love of Country
Omar Bradley, WWII General
(statements made on Armistice Day, 1948)
"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the sermon on the mount ... The world has achieved brilliance without conscience.  Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."

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