By Peter Kennedy
“SO you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” – Galatians 4:7.
In 1843, Omoba Aina was born in a village in West Africa. She was a princess of the Yoruba people. Her parents died during an intertribal war and she was sold into slavery.
Intended by her captors to become a human sacrifice, she was rescued by British naval officer Frederick Forbes, who was on a mission to end the slave trade. He convinced her captor to give her to Queen Victoria; “She would be a present from the King of the Blacks to the Queen of the Whites,” Forbes wrote later.
Forbes renamed her Sara Forbes Bonetta after his ship HMS Bonetta. In 1850, she met the queen, who was impressed by the young princess’s exceptional intelligence, and had the girl, whom she called Sally, raised her as her goddaughter. She grew up with Queen Victoria’s nine other children as a daughter of royalty.
We were all once slaves to sin, but now freed by our Heavenly Father who has adopted us as His son. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that He has made you His child.
“Formerly slaves, Christians, are now both sons and heirs.” – James Montgomery Boice.
God’s Word: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” – Ephesians 1:4-5.