Therefore, you are no longer a slave/orphan but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:7
I was an orphan. I ran out into the world to act and live like the world. I did my own thing and didn’t listen to anyone or answer to anyone for that matter. Not that I didn’t cry out for help many times when I got in a bind. God always came running to my rescue. Actually, I wasn’t an orphan, but I acted like one. God had adopted me into His family years before, but my understanding of that was limited at best. When He adopted me, He didn’t look at my past to see if I would make a good child of God. He didn’t look at my future and think I had a lot of potential. He didn’t even look at my present and say “She needs a Father, so I will take her in”. The only one He looked at was His son and said “I want many more Children like Him!”
Today’s verse talks about being a slave or an orphan. I was a slave to the world’s way of doing things. Even though I thought I was living life my way, it was a trap into living life the way those without a Father live. One day, I turned back to my Father and said “I don’t want to do things my way anymore, I just keep making a mess of things.” Of course He came running to my rescue. He didn’t say, “No, I don’t want to be your adopted Father anymore, you are too messed up.” He didn’t even mention the adopted part. In His eyes, I was His child coming back into His home, His kingdom and His world. I was now in a place where I was safe, protected and clean from the stains of the world’s sin. Now instead of living like everyone else in the world, I began to live by the Kingdom of Heaven’s ways that are laid out in scripture. Just because you have been adopted into the family, doesn’t mean you are automatically living His ways.
The fact is, that God’s ways are what work in this world. It is the way He originally created this world. To function just like Heaven does, but when sin entered the world, it was knocked off balance and Heavens ways were quickly forgotten about. Today, we can bring heaven back to earth when we begin to live by Heaven’s principles. When we take the time to get close to our Father, develop that personal relationship with Him through talking to Him and reading His Word, we will soon be taking Heaven with us wherever we are.
Today I want to encourage you to think about your adoption in Christ Jesus. Just what does that mean to you and what does it mean to God. Then ask yourself if you are living by the house rules or the worlds rules. Even though you may not have gotten into trouble like I did, you can still be far from the Father right where you live. Take time each day to grow your relationship with Him by talking to and listen to Him. Lastly, remember where you came from. You were once an orphan. Even though your loving Father will never remind you of that, stay submitted to Him with the determination never to live as an orphan again.
Today’s scripture reading: Galatians 4:1-7