Keep the tension between sons and slaves

There’s a tension to keep in ministry and encouraging people in their walk, a tension that we often fall too far on one side, or we try to find a happy balance (that defeats the purpose of the tension).
As christians we are both slaves and sons.
We are no longer slaves to the law, nor are we slaves to sin. But we are slaves of Christ. At least that’s what the great apostle of grace – Paul – called himself and others throughout the New Testament.
And at the same time we are sons. Not sons by virtue of good works or blood line, or anything we do. We are sons of God through the grace of Christ.
Sons and slaves. Slaves who get called sons. A slavery that we should not begrudge, but rather rejoice in, because the master is good and kind and even more… He is our father.