Galatians 4:6-7 “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
We all want to belong to something that matters. A winning sports team, a successful business, or a thriving, growing church are all desirable things of which we can be a part.
Often, we are so fickle that when hard times come, we jump ship. Our sports team tanks and we choose another winner. Our business struggles, and we find a healthy one.
But when our church struggles, are we just a “good time Charlie” that sticks around during the good times? Or do we take ownership and do our part to get healthy again?
When we consider the whole, total, and complete commitment our God has invested in us, how could we not do the same?
Paul told the people at the church in Galatia that salvation in Jesus Christ has made them children of God. God gave us the earnestness of His Spirit in our hearts.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 “Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.“
As the purchased possession of my Heavenly Father, I am invited to call Him Abba, which is a familial term like we say, “Daddy,” or “Papa.” Each of us has differing relationships with our earthly fathers.
When it comes to our Heavenly Father, we are invited to be up close and personal. We are considered sons and daughters of the King. With it comes all the rights and privileges.
Paul reminded the Galatians that they were heirs of God with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I don’t know about you, but that causes my heart to melt. I am unworthy of such a title and position. I know what I am, and I know from whence I came.
To named an heir of the Creator of the Universe and King of Kings is more than I could have ever thought possible.
Paul reminded the Galatians that they needed to consider who they are in Christ because their actions did not align with their position.
Galatians 1:6-7 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
Paul was trying to get them to understand that their life needed to reflect their position. When God’s children act more like the world, chaos and confusion reign both in and out of the church.
When a monarch parades through their cities, people will line the streets to get a glimpse of their ruler. When God’s children become more like their Savior, people will look on in wonder.
Not everyone will see or accept our new position and title, but we can only be who God meant us to be.
We must polish our lamps so that we burn brightly for our Father. It means putting off the works of darkness and becoming who we were meant to be; children of light.
Romans 13:12-14 “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Our enemy wants us to be envious of those around us who prosper while we suffer through our current trials. The Psalmist, Asaph, went through a similar ordeal and records his revelation to us in Psalm 77.
Asaph relates that he was unable to be comforted, troubled at the thought of God, and overwhelmed. He could not sleep, and all the while, questioned whether God had forsaken him.
His faith finally overtook his doubt, fear, and depression when he remembered the work of God from the past. He began to rehearse the things he knew that God had done for Him and for His children.
When strongholds (belief systems based upon a lie) come into our lives, we must break their bonds with the truth. Some entered into the church at Galatia who perverted, bewitched, entangled, and hindered the work of God.
It may seem redundant and straightforward to rehearse truths we have learned, but they serve as a reminder to us and our enemy of who we are and our purpose.
Salvation makes us a child of the King of Kings. I am a joint-heir with Jesus Christ to that kingdom in Heaven. I have a mansion prepared for me and crowns I can win to present to my Savior in thanksgiving for the most beautiful gift I have ever received.
Meditating on these truths will vanquish the depression and darkness that seek to overwhelm us. Read Psalm 77 today and allow Asaph’s journey to remind us how we can be the overcomer God saved us to be!