Theologically speaking, what's the more dominant image for the Christian - soldier or son?
Are we soliders of Christ who also happen to be children of God?
Or are we children of God who also happen to be soldiers of Christ?
Here are some clues: What is God's fundamental identity if not 'Father of our Lord Jesus Christ'? What is Jesus' fundamental identity if not Son of the Father? How does Jesus teach us to pray - 'Our Commanding Officer in Heaven'?
Remember: Soldiers don't become sons on account of their soldiering. But sons do become soldiers on account of their sonship.
So, what are you fundamentally - a soldier or a son?
And do you know it?
Does this photo represent your spiritual life?
Are you tired and anxious like this kid?
What exactly are you playing at?
What is the more dominant model of the Christian life pushed in your church / small groups / preaching / Christian circles?
Practically speaking, how do you front up to God in prayer?
Soldier or son?
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)