So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:7, NIV)
Galatians 4:4-7 tells us that God sent His Son, born of Mary, to redeem us so that we can be adopted as God’s children and become His heirs. I thought, as we enter Christmas week and celebrate the birth of Jesus, it might be helpful to push pause on the rush of this week’s plans and activities and reflect on who we are as sons and daughters (and heirs) of the Lord. Below are some verses that highlight this truth.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ… In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ…” (Eph. 3:3, 4, 5)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice…” (1 Peter 1:3-6)
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Rom. 8:14-17)
When I think of the purpose God has brought to my life, the meaning He has given me for life, the presence of His Spirit in my life, and the inheritance He is giving for my eternal life, I can genuinely say, in agreement with 1 John 3:1, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” My prayer for the week is that we will all stop for a moment to remember we are children of God and whisper a prayer of thanks for all that means for us.