Written by: Torry Gligora
Morning and Evening Meditation
Read: Galatians 4:4-7
Pray: For a fresh awareness that you are a son or daughter of God the Father.
There's no greater privilege, next to salvation, than to know we are sons and daughters of God, through faith in Jesus.
To be redeemed from under the law was miraculous enough (v5a). But the goodness of God didn’t stop there. Our text goes on and tells us, He redeemed us so we could receive the adoption of sons (v5b). Listen to that! When you receive Christ into your life, the Father receives you into His family.
The Apostle John affirms, “Now we are the sons of God…” (1 John 3:2) It’s not something we have to aspire to become; the “adoption papers” are signed and finalized through Jesus. You belong to God--His child.
The most powerful part of being a child is having a father. A child looks to a father (and mother) to find identity, acceptance, attention, provision, security and affection. Take a moment to give thanks for each of these expressions of love the Father has for you.
Then the text says, “God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” Our nature begins to reflect that of a child of God. We cease to see God as unapproachable, judgmental, or unavailable, but rather with childlike sincerity, we call on Abba (Daddy).
And it gets better still! As an adopted child, we’ve not only been given “son-ship,” but “heir-ship.” We are entitled to every blessing the Kingdom of God affords. All the riches the Father has given Jesus are ours as well.
How would some areas of your life change if you managed them as a child of God?
Ask the Lord to help you believe and live according to who you are in Christ – A child and heir of God.
Pick a present situation or relationship and make a plan of what a child/heir of God would do.