For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
Have you ever had your DNA tested? There are numerous reasons our genetic code is beneficial. Establishing paternity, researching health risks, and exploring ancestry are a handful of reasons DNA inquiries occur. For me, DNA testing produced exposure and clarity about my true family history plus an abnormality which awarded me a high-risk badge. It may sound barmy but finding my relatives through my mother’s paternal tree has given me a sense of belonging. The family has made me feel included as a member.
In Galatians 4, Paul reminds us that we can be a part of the family of God through the saving grace of Christ Jesus. Verse 3 shows us we are subject to the authority of worldly and fleshy desires without the redemption of Jesus. “A child under bondage” cannot escape the power of sin and is only promised death and destruction. Christ, the Son of God, who is our source and spiritual rock, is our direct line to obtaining adoption into the family of God.
Redemption, deliverance, salvation, … (you can continue the list) it is simply spiritual adoption. Romans 8:15 states that once we accept Christ’s grace through our full faith in Him, the Spirit is received and we are now sons and daughter to “Abba, Father”. We are redeemed by the blood of Christ and our Savior is the key to God’s adoption.
I love Galatians 4:6 because it speaks about the gift of the Holy Spirit. One of the main topics within the Refining study focuses on the “Spirit of his Son” as a living source with abilities no human can ever equal. The Spirit teaches, prompts, assures, and reveals only what the Father directs. It is a reminder that we are now heir to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. We are no longer left out or excluded from the kingdom.
Our beautiful gift in God’s family comes with dedication to bring Him glory as we draw closer to our “Daddy” through the outpouring of our love and worship. He has given us an inheritance unlike any other and blessed us with the equipment to honor Him in all we do. May our adoption be reflective through the inward and outward changes we embrace as God refines us.
But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” I Peter 1:15-16
Are you grateful to be an heir too? Here is my prayer based on Galatians 4:1-7:
Thank you, Father, for the sacrifice of Christ. You made a way for us to escape our sinfulness and opened the door for us to escape the slavery of sin. You, oh Lord, are worthy of the highest of praise and honor for the abundant grace and love you have extended. There are no words to fully express the gratitude for paying our debt on the cross. Christ, we are overwhelmingly appreciative for the invitation of adoption and thankful for the opportunity to be called sons and daughters to the King of Kings. Father, it is comforting to know your Spirit lives within our heart to leads us. Help us each second of our time on the earth to glorify you, oh Lord. Forgive us when we fall short of fully living out the purpose you gave us. We love you Abba, Father.