Galatians 4:1–7 (ESV)
Sons and Heirs
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to
the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God
has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
There is a lot of different concepts
going on in today’s reading. There is talk about children being no different than slaves. Slaves and children fall under guardians and managers. As a child growing up, I had to answer to my parents. I also had to answer to Jesse.
My mom had back surgery about 5 years after I was born. She was not able to do heavy work, or even house work. My parents hired Jesse to come into our home to clean house and do laundry. I loved Jesse, and I learned some hard lessons from
her. When I had acted up and she corrected me, I told her she was not my boss. She gave me a “whoopin” and I was shocked. I told my parents and they backed up Jesse... not me. Well, I was under the Law with my parents and
Jesse. I learned to respect Jesse and I loved that woman. She died about 20 years ago, but I do look forward to seeing her in heaven. Jesus sets us free from living under the law. He brings us into his family through adoption.
We are now his children. We are sons and daughters.
I pray: O Lord, I know that I can not hold up to the law. It is impossible. I give thanks for your grace and mercy, to set me free
from the law and bring me into your saving Gospel. To your son, I cling. Amen.