(Galatians 4:4-7 NIV) But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
√ A slave has a MASTER. √ A child has a FATHER.
(Romans 8:15-16 NIV) The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
√ A slave is an EMPLOYEE. √ A child is an HEIR.
(Romans 8:17 NIV) Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, . . .
(Philippians 2:12-13 NLT) . . . Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
√ A slave is driven by DUTY. √ A child is driven by DEVOTION.
(Luke 10:38-42 NIV) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, . . .”
(Galatians 4:8-9 NIV) Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God–or rather are known by God–how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
1. See God as a FATHER.
(Matthew 7:9-11 NLT) “You parents–if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
2. Approach God through RELATIONSHIP not rules.
(John 5:39-40 NLT) “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!
Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.
3. Give God my WHOLE HEART.
(Jeremiah 29:13-14 NIV) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD,. . .”