Good morning! It’s Monday, March 13, 2023. The book of Galatians is filled with such wisdom to help us understand and grow into our inheritance as children of God. Ever think of the Holy Spirit as your assigned Tutor and Guardian? Well, He is! As the Law was to the Old Testament believers, the Holy Spirit is the One who will “guide us into all truth.” And the better we understand His role, the closer we get to taking hold of our inheritance in Christ. Read on …
Deuteronomy 22,23,24; Galatians 4
“What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.” (Galatians 4:1)
In the Old Testament, the Law was their guide, and in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is our Tutor. Jesus said in John 14: “I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth.” However, our inheritance is held in trust for us until we come of age. If we grab our inheritance too soon, our immaturity and fleshly propensities will cause us to waste everything on ourselves. We will be "Prodigal" sons and daughters and squander what could have been fruitful and lifegiving. It’s like a babysitter giving a 12-year-old the keys to the family car (since it belongs to the family anyway). That would be devastating.
The Holy Spirit’s assignment is to tutor us by first helping us build maturity, character, responsibility, and wisdom so that we will gain our inheritance in the fullness of time.
My obedience and ability to learn will be crucial checkpoints along the way. In the past, I often ignored the Holy Spirit’s prodding and whispers … foolishly thinking that they didn’t matter much. How wrong I was! I am learning that the Holy Spirit is not only my Comforter, but He is my Coach. He encourages me and loves me enough to reprove me because He knows what the Father has laid up for me as my inheritance. His goal is that I take hold of His promises, and as I grow in my maturity and heart, I will steward them well.
Father, I don’t want to live the rest of my life as an “underage rich kid” who never took hold of his inheritance because of disobedience and pride. But neither do I want to grab hold of my Father’s belongings only to squander them on greedy endeavors. So forgive me when I grumble about my assignment in life. I know I can tend to do that when I compare myself with others. But, come to think of it, I never wanted a cushy life. Instead, I desire a fruitful one that honors and glorifies You so that one day, I will hear You say: “Well done.”