“Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir.” (Galatians 4:7)
We have been talking about being brought into God’s Own Family as His Own child… and the difference this makes in how we approach the Christian life.
We do not gradually become more His, as we leave behind our sin and selfish ways, we are immediately His as soon as we say “yes!” to the work and Lordship of Jesus.
Being His child changes everything. We are not becoming His child, we ARE His child… because of Jesus.
Before we leave this verse, I want to touch on two other important topics…
First, the fact that we are God’s Own child makes us “His heir.”
At first glance, this seems a little strange… “heirs” are people who inherit what is possessed by those who have died. Since God is never going to die, being His “heir” doesn’t seem to be that big a deal.
But here’s the other way of looking at it… an “heir” is someone who is personally related to the One Who owns everything – so in a very real sense, the “heir” also owns everything that belongs to the Owner.
For example, my children can use anything I own just by asking me (within reason). I don’t think twice about it… what I have is also theirs (because they are MY children). They are privileged to use what I own because they are part of my family.
When we really understand what God has done for us, we can live our lives differently because we have been adopted into the Family of God – and that carries all the rights and privileges of “sonship.” Part of being “just like Jesus” is this understanding that all the Father has is shared by the Son – and by every other “son” adopted into His Family.
When we look at the life and ministry of Jesus, we are actually seeing what this “sonship” looks like in real life. The very essence of ministry is God at work, doing what He wants to do, through us… as enabled by His resources and power.
True ministry, on this earth, is simply the Father’s will being brought to this earth through those who ARE His Own children.
With this in mind, it is essential that we understand just what it is that we have as an “heir” to all the Father owns.
In this pursuit, we are not without divine help! High on the Father’s list is His desire to inform and equip His “kids” to accomplish His purposes on this earth… as “inherited” through God’s Own resources and authority.
The end result is that true Christian living is not about trying to feel like we belong to God – it is about learning (and growing in) all that it means to be His.
We ARE His (because of the work of Jesus). All the rest of Christian living is learning how to implement what BEing God’s child means… here on earth.