“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of[b] God through Christ,” (Galatians 4:6-7).
There is a big difference between being a son and a slave. Sons have rights and privileges that slaves don’t get. Sons get access into every room in the father’s house. Slaves are limited certain rooms at certain times. Most of the time a slave’s place is outside of the house. Sons don’t have to ask for permission to grab food or drink from the refrigerator. Slaves have to ask for permission to enter the kitchen. Sons have their own seat at the father’s table. Slaves eat the crumbs that are left over from the father’s table.
We were all slaves at one time in our lives, although from birth God designed us to be His children. All of us were slaves to sin. We were all limited by are thinking. We were far from God and mere foreigners to His kingdom (Ephesians 2:13). We all at one time were dead in our trespasses and sins. But God, who is rich in mercy, and loves us with an everlasting love, sent Jesus to redeem us from slavery back to son ship. By grace we have been saved through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-10).
We, who have made Jesus the Lord of our lives, are no longer slaves to sin but children of God. We who were foreigners are now citizens in God’s kingdom. We who had no rights now have all rights. We who had no privileges now have many privileges. We who once had limited access, now have access to all of God’s promises, provisions, and blessings (Ephesians 2:19).
I have a friend who works for his uncle. His uncle is a successful business man. One day his uncle sat down with him for one of those heart to heart talks. He encouraged him to spend some time figuring out what he wanted to do in life as a career and pursue that. His uncle told him that his business was for his son and sonin law’s future. He told him he had a better opportunity to do more for himself in another career field than he did working at their family business. My friend really appreciated his uncle’s love and honesty. That conversation helped him discover vision for his life and empowered him to move forward.
After he told me about this conversation with his uncle, I couldn’t help but to think about how fortunate his uncle’s son-in-law was. His son-in-law wasn’t born into that family a son but was made a son by the father because of the choice of the daughter. Because the daughter chose to love the son-in-law and give herself to him, the son-in-law was graphed into the family and now gets to enjoy the same benefits that the son who was born into the family has. Can you say wow?!
Jesus is our savior. He is our mediator, our bridge to Father God. From the foundation of the world, God chose all of us to be His children. We, who mere slaves, have been made children of God because Jesus chose to die on a cross for our sins. Now we are heirs of God. We have an inheritance from God. There are over 3,000 promises in the Bible God has given us, His children. All of these promises we can have if we will only receive them by faith! We have our own room in Father God’s house. We have our own seat at His table, and we have shares in the family business! All we had to do to get all of this was say yes to His son Jesus. Wow!
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