Readings Galatians 4:1-29
Usually when you are hungry, you do not want to wait! Here, we are enjoying a great Mexican meal!
In our culture, we always seem to be in such a hurry.
What do you think if you saw a sign below a restaurant sign that said, “Slow Food Restaurant”?
We want our food, and we want it now!
Maybe the most important thing in life is something we can enjoy now!
Dear sons and daughters,
Receiving an inheritance early is not normal. Usually the parents must die before an inheritance is dispersed. The young man in the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32, is not the typical scenario. In that cultural setting it was not only not what usually happened, but would be looked at as total rebellion, and dishonoring to the family. It would be the worst of things to do towards a father, to receive an inheritance early.
In the time of Jesus, a child who was an heir, was not really treated differently than a slave, until the time set forward by the father. Once that time came, the son would be acknowledged as the son and true heir. He would then be able to make decisions on his own, for prior to that time others would be in charge over him. He actually may have had less choices to make than a slave would make.
Paul states in Galatians, that at just the right time God sent His Son, Jesus to be born of a woman. This was the beginning of the journey to the cross, where our sin would be dealt with, and we would ultimately be able to receive forgiveness and adoption as sons because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. John tells us that for as many as received Him (that is Jesus), He gave them the power to become the children of God.
John 1:12-13 (NASB95)
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And with becoming sons, we would receive the Spirit, and become an heir, beginning immediately to enjoy the blessings of being a son. Eternal life becomes ours the moment we by faith receive Jesus.
John 17:3 (NASB95)
3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
When and what is this eternal life? At the time of salvation, and it is a relationship with Jesus! It is more about quality time than quantity, although eternity tends to stick out as a time factor to most. But I would not want to live eternally without being a son of God, a joint heir with Christ!
Galatians 4:4-7 (NASB95)
4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
So, who are you and I acting like today? A slave or a son?
Are you allowing yourself to be enslaved to the passions of this world? Or are you trying to work to please God in your own power?
If you have received Jesus in faith, then you are a son!
Live like one!
One in God’s family,
As family, let’s do all we can to encourage one another and to see the family of God grow! Act like a child of God and love someone today. Feel free to share some thoughts with us.