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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Today’s 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)
If you are a fan of British royalty news, you may remember a scandal a couple months ago about Prince Harry and some shenanigans in Las Vegas—and even if not, you probably can imagine what tabloid pictures from Las Vegas can do to the royal reputation!
Prince Harry is second in line for the throne, one of the heirs of the crown. But just because he’s in line for the crown, it doesn’t give him a free pass to live only for his own gratification; his family and the public expect more from him.
In today’s passage we are called heirs through God, and we can argue that as heirs we are “in” no matter what—but being an heir doesn’t exclude us from consequences and responsibility. Our friends and loved ones want more from us than just complacency. Yes, God has already called us heirs, but God doesn’t stop there. Being an heir isn’t just wild romps through Las Vegas; it means so much more. Anne Lamott puts it this way: “God loves us exactly the way we are, and God loves us too much to let us stay exactly the way we are.”
As we begin this new year let us remember that yes, we are heirs to the kingdom through God, and let us celebrate that wonderful news! But let us also not forget that we are living for something more than just the crown. We are God’s heirs here on earth, those who show the world what it means to be royalty.
King of kings, thank you for loving me exactly as I am, and thank you for loving me enough to not let me stay exactly as I am. Amen.
Written by Kimberlee Frost, Youth Ministry Associate
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