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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Monday, January 3, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Galatians 4:4–7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. (NRSV)

I had never come across this verse until now, and it took me quite a few readings to try and make any sense of it. Even reading the chapter as a whole did little to help me in my quest for understanding. Initially, my takeaway was we are all descendants of God, therefore we are all connected. I suppose this could be true enough, but I sensed there was something deeper that I was missing. So I did what so many of us tend to do nowadays when we’re confused or don’t understand something: I used the Internet.

Upon reading various scholars’ and pastors’ interpretations of this verse, I learned the significance of the transformation from being enslaved to becoming an heir that is continuously being alluded to. Many scholars point out in their interpretations how people had been held as enslaved individuals, some physically, some emotionally, some legally, and some to their owns sins and vices, before being adopted and claimed by Christ. Now, this I could understand and relate to. I feel as though everyone at times throughout their life feels enslaved or trapped by something, whether that be our job, social media, relationships, expectations, materialism—the list is virtually endless. And yet God knew that by sending Christ to us and adopting us in his name we would be able at last to find release from whatever was enslaving us and live our lives fully and freely.  

Dear Lord, thank you for claiming me as a part of your family. Help me to remember and feel the great love and spirit that you continuously send my way; may it continue to flow freely. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

Written by Stephanie Jenks, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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