Our son turned seven this summer and since he was a toddler he has been his father’s shadow at work. He learns to use some of the tools, helps with projects and sweeps the floors. With each passing year, he gains more privileges. He keeps asking when he will be big enough to operate some of the larger pieces of equipment. My husband responds, “I’ll decide when you are mature enough to handle the responsibility.” His dad knows when it will be the right time.
Paul compared being under the supervision of the law to a first-born child living under the care of a guardian. The slave and heir would both be subject to the same authority, but the heir would stand to inherit the estate of his parents at the date appointed by his father. A father would not set this date until he felt they had matured into an adult.
Paul describes God’s people as the heirs, but not yet in possession of their inheritance. Then at the time set by the Father, Jesus was sent into the world and the fullness of time had come! We received the full rights to become sons and heirs.
What does it mean to be called sons and heirs? Does this change how you view your Heavenly Father?
Father, we praise you for your perfect life that redeemed us from the law. Thank you for the privilege of being called your sons and heirs.