Reflection: My parents are really into family history. They get on those websites with access to ancestry, track down headstone records, and even get DNA mapped to see if we have some Finnish blood. Turns out … we do! But such trawling through the root system of my family tree has barely raised more than polite interest from me. Yet I start to get a whiff of what delving into descendants can stir within my parents, and other ancestor adventures, when I get stuck into the end of Galatians 3. Having written a lot about the contrast between the Law of Moses and the Law of the Messiah in this letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul here helps us see powerful consistency throughout the history of God’s people. Incredibly, being a child of God through faith in Jesus harks all the way back to the family promises made to Abraham. Discovering you are in that family tree of inheritance and blessing is an injection of identity and assurance worthy of maximum cultivation.
Question: What does your spiritual ancestry, stretching back to Abraham, inspire in you? How does it impact your identity as a child of God?
Prayer: Lord God, your promises are incredible and steadfast. May I be energised by knowing my spiritual pedigree and how blessed I am by being in the long family line of faithful Abraham. Amen.