15 April 2012

There Are Two Types Of Christians

There are 2 types of believers in the world. The first type is a servant of God. These Christians genuinely have a desire to serve God in any capacity. It could be as a volunteer at their local church, on staff at a church or faith-based organization, on the mission field, writing a book or blog, or just setting a good example wherever they go. These people are genuine about their faith and really want to make a difference.

It's important that his people follow his commands and live a Christ-like lifestyle. By doing this, it proves that you truly love him and care about what he says (John 14:15-21). It shows that you walk in the Light and want to do the things that please him.
Servants

Being obedient and following his Word is the best thing you can do as a true Christian servant. Otherwise, if we fail at following his Word we can seriously end up hurting people and disappointing God. After all, we are very weak people that suffer trying to do everything right day after day, but we must keep persevering. If you really love him, you follow his commands.

Unfortunately, I believe most Christians are servants of God. In other words, if you are following the kind of Christian lifestyle I just explained (from this paragraph up), you're doing it wrong.

The entire role and purpose of a servant is to follow the king's commands. The only way a servant will please his lord, is by doing exactly what he wishes. A servant is also a slave to the king. Sadly, this is all most Christians strive for - slavery. They're never taught who they really are in Christ (Rom 11:5-6). They don't know their true worth. They don't know they're capable of so much more! Mostly what is taught is that we must live a life that's pleasing to the Lord and it's almost purely performance-based. The modern-day church has replaced the Law of Moses with the "New Testament Law" (following New Testament rules and commands).

A servant will try so hard to live a righteous life to please the King, but their toil will be such weight on their shoulders. It is exhausting. No matter how hard they try, they will fail at some point. They rely so heavily on following God's commands that they have no clue that God is already pleased and so madly in love with them; there's nothing they can do to change his mind. He's proven this with his Son thousands of years ago on the cross. A slave is works focused and will never amount to much of anything in God's Kingdom.

This completely false and distorted view of a Christian life is crushing God's people and his reputation. Unfortunately, this is how most of us view Him - a harsh master with only one purpose, to ensure his people follow his commands. This was never the way Jesus intended it. Moreover, being a servant is just what the Prodigal Son wished he could be when he returned home (Luke 15:11-32). But, his Father had totally different plans, didn't he?

The next type of Christian is far greater and has much more success than any servant. This Christian is a friend of God (John 15:9-17).

A friend of God knows the King's heart (Acts 13:16-23). Not only can a friend of God do what a servant can, but they're capable of so much more. When a person is best friends with someone they know everything about each other. They have a bond that can't be broken. They're able to read each other's thoughts without saying a word. This is called a real relationship.

A slave can only hope that their work is pleasing to their Master by being obedient. However, when you're a friend to the King, every choice you make pleases him (Mat 3:16-17). A friend doesn't have to do something in order to be accepted, they know they are. A friend doesn't have to ask for forgiveness, they know they're forgiven. They know they're loved beyond comprehension. God has proven his love for us and he is surely pleased (John 3:16-17).

How do you know someone's your best friend? Only a true friend would lay his life down for a another (John 15:13). Unfortunately, it's his people that refuse to believe what Christ did for them. I'm not saying they don't believe he died for their sins. I'm saying that Christians don't believe there's absolutely nothing they can do to make him angry. It's his people who want to call themselves a slave and perform work to make him happy. None of this servant mentality is God's fault. It's our fault. It's our fault because we refuse to believe the Good News (Rom 1:16-17). We refuse to believe Christ did all this just for us. I used to be one of these servants. I so desperately tried to do everything right and it was exhausting. Trying hard to please someone who is already pleased with you is dumb. Why is it so hard to accept this?

God's children are his friends.
To a friend of God, obedience is an effortless natural trait. It's what happens when a branch is connected to the vine (John 15:1-8). The more friends hang out together, the more they act like one another. Can you imagine how awesome you could be if you were a friend of the King?! You'd walk around and people would get healed (on accident), people would be blessed because of your presence (the Jesus in you), demons would cringe at the sight of you (and your authority), and others would know what real love looks like (because it's oozing out of your pores).

Also, a friend has more access and freedom than any slave. A friend is welcome in the Father's house at any time of the day; he never needs to knock to enter. God's friends know they can walk into his (throne) room at anytime (Heb 10:19-22). On the contrary, a servant must wait on God to call him into his presence. Too bad his believers don't know they're already welcome.

The King uses his most trusted friends for the real work of the Kingdom. He shares his ideas with them and even asks what they think about his next move (Gen 18:16-33). However, the best a servant can do is pray that their performance pleases their Master. They hope the things they do are good enough for God to hopefully crack a smile and accept them. As slaves desperately try to please God by being obedient, we friends (sons and daughters) of God will get to know his heart and change the world...daily.

Lastly, what are you doing to try to please God? Are you trying to work or obey his commands in order to make yourself right with him? If you think there's anything you can do to be accepted, then you believe what Jesus did on the cross wasn't good enough. You're essentially saying, "Jesus, I know what you did for me, but I need to do this one other thing to make myself right with you." I'm sorry my friend. You've been lied to. Jesus paid it all and there's no work left for you to do. It is finished (John 19:28-30). He has already accepted you and has proven his love for you. Now, all you have to do is receive the truth and become his best friend.

God is not looking for servants (John 15:15). He's looking for those who believe him and want to know his heart. After all, God already has plenty of servants. They're called angels.

18 comments :

Phil Bevilacqua said...

good stuff!!!!! heard some of that yesterday.. lol i was the first guy for years, and i came to a place that i didnt want to go to church that i was the associate at... WOW!! then i got freed up and saw Him got who He was and what He did and FREEDOM came by Grace!! and i went from a servent to a son and now you cant get the joy out of me... im excited to wake up everyday in union with my Daddy! relationship is getting stronger and stronger!!!!

Dathan Ellis said...

Haha! I also heard some of my previous stuff yesterday. ~;-) I can't get enough of what Jesus has done for me. It's like I've transformed into something I always worked so hard for, without doing a thing. My spirit constantly agrees with what you say!

Drew said...

This is the best you have articulated your message. For weeks your heart has been striving to convey these thoughts, inching closer and closer to a full representation of the truth. I think you addressed every point with accuracy, clarity, and joy. This is the good news and we can be enthusiastic about its power and truth.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dathan! I found your blog from a friend on FB, and I agree with what you've posted. Especially your comment regarding Romans 11:5-6. You are right...most individuals that accept Christ have no idea who they are "in Christ." Your comparison between a servant and a friend is very true, but the scope is even broader than that. Colossians 1:13 says, "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." (NKJV) In John 18:36 Jesus says, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here." In a broad sense, we (born-again believers) are Kingdom citizens operating according to the rules of the Kingdom. That was one of the objectives of the New Testament...explain the new rules. Unfortunately, most born-again believers have never heard that message. Keep up the good work Dathan...you have a voice and you are using it for God's glory!

Dathan Ellis said...

Thanks bro! You're right that it's taking awhile to build up to what I really want to say. I'm glad you're one of the few that gets it. I wish my posts could include more, but I have a hard enough time as it is cutting it down to what you see.

Dathan Ellis said...

God's grace is my foundation. ~;-) The others don't know that...yet. They're going to hear the truth from different angles. And, very well said about us operating under Kingdom authority. I never did like the law of gravity.

Nicole said...

This is just what I needed to read this morning. I grew up in a "works" based religion. I have been away from that organization for over 13 years, but I am still learning about the amazing gift of grace everyday. It is so freeing to be building a relationship with Christ, and not worrying about all the rules and restrictions placed by a man made society.

Dathan Ellis said...

I grew up in the same type of performance-based church, but 98% of them still are. ~:-( I just got out of it about a year and a half ago. I'm having to unlearn everything.

Sister of Savior said...

I don't think any body could have said it better. your message it is straight to the point,and is spoken in truly through God! I really love the fact that everyone that reason this is able to understand your message. it truly reached down deep into my soul env touch my heart. keep doing what you're doing! it is very inspiring in truly wonderful. &God Bless You,Dathen!! 0:)! do you have a real gift, I'm excited to read more. I thank OUR FATHER for giving us search a wonderful brother, who is blessed with the most amazing voice. thank you for your inspiration!

Heather said...

Great truth! What a wonderful expression of God’s love and grace for us. Being an over-achiever by nature, it was so freeing when I finally “got it.” When I learned that all Jesus ever wanted was a relationship with me. Now the Lord is my best friend and I want the world to experience that joy and overwhelming love that only comes from Him! Thanks for your posts Dathan! They are truly inspiring and a great reminder of who Jesus is.

Dathan Ellis said...

Thank you so much Sister!! You made my day! I'm glad you decided to comment. God and I started getting along so much better when I finally gave up. Please tell the people around you about God's love and grace. KNOW that he's using you. ~;-)

Dathan Ellis said...

Omgoodness!! The bondage I was in was ridiculous. And, to think I was walking in the light must have meant it was really dark where I was. The great thing about you being an over-achiever is that he'll be able to give you the talents everyone else sits on.

Kavonda L. Rogers said...

Wow, Dathan, that was amazing! I admit I am certainly the first Christian afraid to jump into the second category. That was broken down simply and it touched my heart.

Jan Hennings said...

Dathan - man I am pleased to read that : "There Are Two Types Of Christians" > SUCH TRUTH! Awesome! I enjoyed our talk last night!! YES, yes..I shared it later with Kristi. Confirmation! What a FATHER we got. It is so important that WE live it > receive it > accept it FIRST! How else are we to "love our neighbor as ourselves"? WE are our 1st patient / client etc. whatever you wanna call it! HE desires to fill us up - so that will speak + talk to others and draw them into the same relationship with HIM. From SERVANT > to SON / DAUGHTER = YES! Much love from us 5!

Dathan Ellis said...

It wasn't until last year God asked me, "Dathan, do you trust me?" I told him, "No. But, I want to." That's all he needed. I'm pretty sure I wasn't a real Christian until that moment. Thanks Kavonda! Love you!

Dathan Ellis said...

Dude, it was great talking to you last night! I'm glad I now have a new friend who sees the same things I do. So much of what we talked about was confirmation for me too. We have to reap first, before we can sow. You definitely know God's heart!

Allison said...

I love this blog. I love that you are taking scripture and applying value to it in your own way, which is what I believe the Bible is there for - for a guide for the friends of Christ to follow! Very good and I appreciate reading this! Hugs to you my old friend! Allison

Dathan Ellis said...

Thanks Allison! It most certainly is a guide. ~;-)