September 5th, 2019
As Long as He is A Child
Galatians 4:1-2 (KJB) Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
A minor is subject to his or her guardians. Whether they be his or her natural parents, stepparent(s), grandparent(s), or another authority figure granted in custody in an official capacity, or in an official position such as an elder or teacher. In the event none of these authority figures are appropriate or available, I am sure you have heard about a ward of the state, meaning that a child, who is a minor, can be subjected to becoming a ward of the state in a case where his natural parent(s) or other responsible people cannot or are not able to care for such child.
Secondly, each day when any child attends a public or private school is under the authority and leadership of his teacher(s) and administration.
At home, a child is to be subject to the under the authority of his parents.
In all these situations certainly, you know there comes a time that a child is no longer a child. A time when he or she has grown into maturity, into adulthood, or simply has reached an age determined to be an age of accountability. This benchmark happens whether an individual is ready or able to accept the responsibility of becoming an adult.
This verse speaks about ancient times when a child was young, he was viewed as nothing more than a servant, meaning he had no rights or authority in his tender youth. However, as he grew and matured under the teaching of tutors and governors, there would come a time his father would determine he had matured enough to be considered an heir rather than continued to be understood as equal to that of a hired servant.
A child had to grow up to be considered as an adult.
Wow just think about this for a moment in light of many unruly and disobedient children in this world who have not been taught how to grow into an adult. Perhaps a more rigid expectation and disciplined structure such as this would make a difference in the actions, attitude, and demeanor of young kids in the process of becoming adults today. Especially in understanding that they are nothing special above and beyond that of another and know little until such a time it is determined they are of an age of accountability having learned what they need to know.
imagine if the young kids today who are “in charge” in their homes, busy running their parents, and failing to comply to different authorities and figures in this world were set in their rightful place under the authority of their parents or other leading adults as is presented for us in this verse. If it were understood that children, were considered as only children in need of discipline and authority figures until such time they matured. That this age of accountability must be reached and proven they are ready to be appointed an heir and a productive adult by their father, perhaps many children would grow up to be more mature productive adults.
This biblical concept can be used in the process of young kids becoming adults as well as professing baby Christians becoming mature productive members and heirs of God’s spiritual family as they sojourn in this world. The truth is that some kids, as well as some adults, are not seasoned or under proper control of authorities at work in their life in this world and in considering the condition of their heart, their adoption, the headship of Jesus Christ, and the certainty of eternity yet to come.