Thoughts for reflection: Virtually all wealth during biblical times was generational wealth. Unless you were willing to take on some sort of unscrupulous work, i.e. tax collecting, prostitution, etc….., if you were wealthy, your family had been wealthy before you. This was primarily due to the fact that the economies were primarily agrarian, and farming/ranching is not a “get rich quick” scheme. We can get an idea of the importance of generational wealth by how many laws/illustrations there are in the Bible relating to it. (Just think of the negative example of the Prodigal Son). For Paul to say that in/through Christ we are now children and heirs in God’s family was a powerful statement. We are not servants or slaves to God, but we are both children and heirs in God’s family.
What does it mean for you to think of yourself as a child of God? What does it mean for you to think of others as children of God?