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Last week started pretty good as regards my prayer life, but there was a break towards the end. I just couldn’t pray. It was like there was glue on my mouth.
I finally decided to stop running and asked God to teach me to pray. The irony is that this was the night I felt His presence so strong in my room. Got me a bit scared sef. Like: God, this is so strong!
He led me to Galatians 4:7 after my prayers and the verse struck me. I meditated on it in different Bible translations for better understanding.
So then, you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter. And since that is what you are, God will give you all that he has for his heirs.
Galatians 4:7 GNB
Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Galatians 4:7 NKJV
Let’s back it up a little in the Message Bible. Verses 4-7
But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.
Galatians 4:4-7 MSG
I learned in Church yesterday that God wants an everlasting relationship with us, not one like the waves: high today, low tomorrow.
Let’s think about this. You have a son and a slave. Naturally, who can enter your room anyhow? Who can run into the room without knocking, shouting ‘Daddy, Daddy’ or ‘Mummy, Mummy’. Who can unashamedly ask you to buy chocolate when you take trips away from home? Who can act silly in your presence and talk about random stuff?
The son or the slave?
Galatians 4:7 hit me in a new way because I realized that in many ways, I was still relating to God like I was a slave.
Do you remember the prodigal son story? Who ran?
This one just amazes me. The Father ran, even after all that the boy had done.
God’s love is always running towards us, but we can decide to react to it as sons or slaves.
But what’s the point of reacting like a slave when He tore the veil in the Holy Temple just so we can have undivided, uninterrupted fellowship?
Note that I haven’t said anything about being perfect. I haven’t said you’d never do wrong, but a slave hides in guilt when they break a plate in the kitchen. A son may be scared but tells his Papa anyway.
If that’s an earthly scenario, imagine what the Father of all Fathers thinks about you. He’s not like any Dad on earth who may hurt, abuse or slander his children because there’s no wrong or darkness in Him. He’s not like light, He is light.
The only question is: will we let this light shine into our hearts to make us love Him back and run to Him instead of away from Him?
Think about it, are you a son or a slave?
If you claim to be one of both, then act like it! But remember, only one has the promise of the heir.
Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful week ahead and don’t let anything steal your joy.
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