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“Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father” (Galatians 4:1-2).

This illustration is significant, for it speaks of direction, intent, and hope.  We are to be slaves to the Gospel, but we will not remain there.  The day will come when we shall stand face to face with Christ and know Him even as we have been fully known.  What then?  Only this: that in Christ is all hope and He is accomplishing what was promised beforehand in all who believe in the grace He gives.

Lord, help me to see the truth that You have revealed.  Guide me in the way of everlasting life that I may be guided in Your goodness and mercy.  Help me, O Lord, to know that in You alone is all hope and that what You are doing through Christ in me is making of me something new and different.  Lead me, O Lord, now and always that I may hold fast to the truth of Your will.

Lord Jesus, in You is all hope and a future.  You are the way, so lead me in You that I may go where You would have me go.  Guide me this day to live into the life for which You have created me and keep me ever close to You.  In Your goodness, help me look to you and know that what You said to the disciples I pray You will one day say to me and call me Your friend.  In the Father’s will, lead me always.  Amen.