From the Kitchen Table
Advent Day 12
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:1-7
God sent forth His Son… God did what He promised like He always does. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise of a Shepherd Savior. The problem has never been God and His promises, its always been about us and our pride. It’s interesting how Paul writes about living under the principles of the world before He writes about living in the promises of God. That’s interesting because living in the promises of God requires humility, not just hope. If we didn’t learn to surrender to the principles of life as a child, we might very well find is difficult to surrender to the promises of love, God’s love. That’s why parents discipline their children so that they will learn the honor of humility, Humility and humbling ourselves to the promise of the Spirit of the Son is what makes the promises of God a personal reality in our lives. It’s the promise of Jesus and the Holy Spirit that separates the believer from the unbeliever, the mature from the immature, the loved from the lost. Surrender to the Spirit and you will know and see the promises of God.