So you think you are humbled before the Lord? Or do you have trouble obeying the correction and direction of the Lord? Are you truly submitted to His Sovereign Deity and Lordship? Or does you’re heart still exalt itself higher then it ought? Here’s a good way to test yourself. What you call God in prayer reveals who your heart identifies Him as and thusly, how you view Him reflects how you will treat Him.
Most often when we only know of Him and even when we first get to know Him we call Him “God“. Then when we come to Him as babes in Christ and become the children of God, we call Him “Father“. As we experience Him on a personal level and grow to trust and love Him more and more we may even begin to call Him “Daddy“. However, most seem to stop here never maturing from this childish state to spiritual maturity where they can truly be used by God to fight the good fight.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” – 1 Peter 2:2
“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” – Hebrews 5:12-14
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” – Ephesians 4:14-15
“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye (simple as) children, but in understanding be men.” – 1 Corinthians 14:20
We all need to run to our heavenly daddy to mend our wounds and give us council, even Jesus did this. However, if that is the only way we see God then we are doing Him a great injustice for He is not only our father but also our Lord and Master. We know that God will do great things for us but how often do we do great things for Him? I tell you a truth that the only great thing we can do for God is obey. When we mature spiritually (though He will always be our Father and God), we grow up, submit to His will and wisdom and He becomes our “Master“.
So here is your test. For the next two weeks in prayer address Him as “Master” and examine your heart as you do. Is it difficult at all? Does pride rise up as the devil tells you that you don’t have to do that? Is there a resistance in your heart to someone being your “Master”? Even if that someone is God? Or does it humble you and make it even easier to seek and receive His instruction, direction, and correction as you surrender to even greater submission to His Deity and Lordship then ever before? Does it give you more resolve to obey His commands? Does your heart react to it with the emotions of a prideful child or with humble maturity befitting a soldier of the Lord?
We never need to stop calling to our Father in brokenness, nor cease to bow before our God in reverence, but let us also never neglect to hearken unto our Master in obedience. For this is the mantel of maturity that we all should attain too that we be found fit for the Masters service. How can we expect Him to call us to service if we won’t even call Him Master? Everyone wants a savior but no one wants a Lord.
“And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” – Luke 17:13
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” – John 13:16-17
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” – Luke 16:13