“Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Gal 4:7).
The power of this verse only makes full sense when we understand the biblical difference between a mature son and an immature child. The Bible teaches that “the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all” (Gal 4:1).
That means there are things we cannot enjoy as long as we are immature spiritually. As heirs, they belong to us, but we can’t be trusted to possess them because of our noviciate. We are entitled to them, but we are not ready for them yet. That means when we delay our spiritual growth we delay our possession of certain Kingdom rights and privileges. Moreover, if we don’t watch it, we can live like slaves in our own Father’s house. God forbid! Admittedly, many Christians approach God with a slavish mentality than with a sonship mindset. The quality of your prayers, for instance, reveals your attitude. Beware!