Coming of Age

John Koedyker

READ : Galatians 3:26-4:7

So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has also made you an heir. (v. 7 NIV)

One of the holidays in Japan is called “Coming of Age” day. On this day, all the young people who turn twenty in that year celebrate their adulthood. Because they are no longer children, they rejoice in the freedom of no longer being under the authority of their parents.

In our Scripture lesson today, Paul points out that a similar thing happens to people when they become Christians. During the Old Testament period, serving God meant obeying all the rules of the Jewish religion. It was a time of restricted freedom, like childhood. When children are young, parents watch over them carefully. They help them get dressed; they tie their shoes; they hold their hands when they cross the street. But when they go off to college, they experience freedom.

Paul says that this is what happens when a person becomes a believer in Christ. It is a spiritual “coming of age.” We are given a freedom to be guided by the Holy Spirit. As adult children of God and his heirs, we have a freedom to live our lives to the fullest. That is something to celebrate!

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for freeing us and giving us the joy of living for you. Amen.