So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir (Gal 4:7).
There is a story about the Rockefellers that goes something like this. The patriarch of the family, J.D. (weren’t they all Johns or J.D.s), loved his sons and didn’t want them to be ruined by being handed a fortune, so he sent them for a time to work in the oil fields.
The work there was hard and dirty and the conditions were detestable. Husbands who left their families to earn money for them, would often end up gambling or drinking it away. But the Rockefeller boys remained unscathed because of their mindset. They knew that one day, after they learned and experienced what they needed to, J.D. would call them home. They knew that their daddy owned the corporation.
Once we are adopted into God’s family through our acceptance of the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, we too become His dearly loved children. Heirs.
Although our desire should be to develop the conduct and temperament of Jesus, our value is not dependent on anything else. Not our successes, nor abilities. Not our weight nor finances. Not our intelligence or strength or personality or religiousness. We don’t need to prove our worth or value. We just are. Because our Daddy owns the corporation.