Focal passage: Galatians 4:1-7
My family came to the United States from Mexico when I was two years old.
After years of paperwork, interviews, fees and a very important test, my mom took an oath to become an American citizen. I was underage at the time, making it possible for me to inherit citizenship because she fulfilled all the requirements.
Her desire of a better life for me set a promise into motion; the only thing I had to do to receive that inheritance was to take my own oath of commitment.
Almost two decades after my mom had completed the process, I was sworn in as a U.S. citizen.
During those 17 years of waiting, I was able to live, go to school and work as a U.S. resident.
Even though I was incredibly grateful for residency, citizenship would offer me freedoms and access to resources I didn’t have otherwise.
Galatians 4 makes a very personal connection for me and my experience. “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is the master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world” (Galatians 4:1-3).
Before Christ, we were separated from the Father’s inheritance, present in the world, but without access to all God offered.
With perfect timing, God sent His Son, “to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins enables us to become children of God. As members of God’s family we are also heirs, inheriting His Holy Spirit, citizenship in His eternal Kingdom, and above all, inheriting God, Himself.
The question now is what we will do with our inheritance.
Will we keep it to ourselves or show others the way?