Becoming a disciple: Sons and daughters

Scripture – Galatians 4:6

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

Observation

We are sons and daughters of God.

We know because God has sent the Spirit of Jesus (the Holy Spirit) into our hearts.

How do we know we have the Holy Spirit in us? We see God not as a dictator or slave-driver, but rather a father who loves us no matter what.

Application

When was the last time we rested in the presence of God, knowing he is our father and that we don’t have to say or do anything to win his approval?

When was the last time we called him Dad?

Losing the understanding of God as our Dad and ourselves as his kids results in a bitter, performance-based, legalistic religious spirit. Jesus died so that we might no longer be slaves to sin, but rather experience life as children of God.

Practically, to help plant this truth into our hearts, let us this week, as we pray, address God as Dad, Papa, Daddy or something else that demonstrates our acceptance of him as our Abba Father. Let’s see how our hearts soften as we allow the Spirit of Jesus in us to talk to our father in heaven.

Prayer

Papa, you are truly amazing. Once I was a slave who thought like a slave, acted like a slave and spoke to you like a slave. The Spirit of your Son, Jesus, is alive in my heart today and so I cry out to you Abba, Daddy, Papa…I am secure in who I am because I am secure in who my Dad is. Thank you for your word this morning, I am grateful for the reminder of my sonship. I rest in you as a son today. May this truth be proclaimed to many around the world today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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