“Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free” (Gal 4:30, 31)
One of the most common mistakes we make as believers is to confuse two women: Hagar and Sarah. These two women were both mothers. Abraham was the father of their children. What was then the difference: Sarah was a princess of Jehovah and Hagar was her house maid, a slave bought with money from Egypt. God gave Abraham and Sarah a promise that they shall have a son who will be part of the covenant of grace, freedom, supernatural increase and eternal blessings. Hagar received no promise like this. Her child was of flesh and born into bondage.
Let’s say you meet Sarah and Hagar. Can you tell the difference? If you use natural senses or human wisdom the answer is NO! Sarah was the princess but she was often found in the kitchen, cooking for her husband and son. When the three holy men came to visit their tent, Abraham told her to cook food for them. Sarah can be seen with flour on her skirt and oil on her apron. Hagar was also busy with household chores. But often, she will remove the dirty clothes and dress well. Because she was much younger than her mistress, she was much more attractive to the eyes of men. These two women lived together for many years. Both were ‘wives’ to the same man, Abraham. Many people thought that they were ‘mates’. It was impossible to tell the difference at the beginning of the story…
You need to pray and wait for God to reveal. Hagar is a woman of the flesh. The works of the flesh manifest in her (sexual immorality, hot temper, slander, manipulation…). For a long time these may be covered with a religious paint, with good works of ministry. But sooner or later the rain of the Spirit shall wash the paint and the truth is revealed. If you thought she was Sarah, you shall be shocked and disappointed when light shines and truth is revealed. Once you see it clearly that she a bondwoman, you need to drive her away, for ‘a slave does not have a permanent place in a home’ (Jn 8:34, 35).
Sarah is a woman of God. She is not perfect but she is born of the Spirit. The fruit of the Holy Spirit shall manifest in her (love, peace, patience, joy, kindness, self-control…). For a long time, these ‘exotic’ fruits may be covered by a religious paint too. But sooner or later truth is revealed. If you thought she was Hagar, again you shall be disappointed, for Sarah is God’s royalty. She is the true mistress of the home and shall dwell in the house of God forever (Ps 23).
If you are truly born again, then you are of the lineage of Abraham and Sarah. Your inheritance is in Christ. You are living by faith in God’s promises. You are free and free indeed. The anointing of the Spirit destroys all yokes of bondage. You shall mature from faith to faith. You shall be promoted from glory to glory.
Lesson: do not only look for you spiritual father. Look for your spiritual mother too, for there the secret of your inheritance is. You are either a prince or a pauper. You are either free or a slave of men. Truth may be disappointing at the beginning but welcome the truth that sets you free. Your relationship with Sarah is eternal. Your relationship with Hagar is temporary. Seek the things above, the eternal things that never fade or pass away. Then you will never be disappointed. Peace and joy shall be your portion. Goodness and mercy shall follow you forever! In Jesus name, Amen!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
In Jesus name