Heavenly Father created us to grow up and partner with Him. He designs our journey of maturity to include 3 big seasons of identity progression: the first identity upgrade: is learning to be a good servant that serves others. It also includes becoming faithful stewards of all we have at work and at home. As we mature through trials, tests and successes, Father sets up our second identity upgrade: to know and experience that we are a beloved son/daughter. This is the connection season that we draw close to Father and settle the truth that He really likes us and wants to be with us. This season of settling sonship, sets us up for our third identity upgrade: which is into Partnership with Him as our Father. This third season of mature identity and friendship, is all about realms of abiding that advance the Partnership in momentum and success.
Have you ever looked at the Prodigal son story as his upgrade to Partnership? The prodigal son (after coming to his senses in the pig pen) came home to be a servant for His Father. The Father refused that IDENTITY mindset! Father opened His arms to him as the much loved son that he really was! Because of his repentant heart and countenance as an unworthy son, Father did not let him ask to be downgraded in his identity to that of a servant.
Father looked past his sin & selfishness & performance failures. . . and focused on what He knew was in his son’s core (this is a son of my loins — created for partnership). The Father beautifully restored him into sonship identity and partnership with the robe, the ring and the sandals, and this was before he was done processing his own failures and leaving his survival season! Father re-established him as a son of the house with a celebration. Why? He was made to partner with FATHER! (see Luke 15)
Interestingly the other brother, who was doing his duty to serve the family business (i.e., similar to the one who attends church for kudos), was also disconnected from his partnership with Father in his belief system.
I believe Father is helping us shift from the foolishness of doing life mostly by ourselves, to the awareness of Partnering with Him. Father is on the move with us to restore all we have lost in our selfish and survival seasons.
Partnering with Father changes everything and we get to transition to offense . . . and live out the dreams of what WE CAN DO TOGETHER IN OUR NEW SEASON!
Many seasoned leaders have upgraded to sonship, and many others are in this extraordinary process. So if you have upgraded to sonship (or daughterhood), be assured Father is after His partnership with you! You have been prepared by your past season of faithfulness (and failures), and now is “the time set by the Father” to call you into partnership with Him! (see Gal 4:1-2)