Wednesday, November 16, 2016

An Inheritance from God - Martin Wiles

How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Ephesians 1:3 NLT

Inheritances aren’t always what we envision. 

Recently, Mom’s sister died. Since my aunt had inherited most of the belongings from my grandmother’s house when she died, Mom was now hoping to get some of the family heirlooms back. But it didn’t happen as she hoped. 

My aunt had three children. What she had was rightfully theirs. If they chose to share, it would be appreciated. Several pieces of furniture that had belonged to my grandmother were especially dear to Mom. She voiced her love for them, but to no avail. 

All Mom received was a china cabinet that once belonged to her, a picture my aunt had painted of the old homeplace, and two end tables and a coffee table that matched my grandmother’s living room suit that Mom had inherited earlier. 

I come from a lower middle-class family and have no inheritance in the waiting. But I do have another type of inheritance that surpasses anything I could get from a deceased family member.

Paul praised God for the spiritual inheritance he had—one that’s available to every person who believes in Jesus Christ. This inheritance is eternal. When I placed my faith in Jesus Christ and asked Him to forgive my sins, he immediately began preparing a heavenly home for me. Nothing can change that. 

Earthly inheritances I can spend. Even if I invest them, at some point I’ll have to leave them behind for someone else to enjoy. My eternal inheritance is mine. God won’t change His mind and take it from me—even when I misbehave. 

My inheritance is also a present reality. I don’t have to wait until I die or Jesus returns to get it. Presently, I’m adopted into the family of God. While some adopted children aren’t treated equally with biological children, God treats all His children the same. 

Forgiveness of every sin is granted, and He never takes this back. Nor does He show favoritism. Rather, He loves all His children equally and gives us the same things He gives to His Son. 

Abundant living—existing with peace and joy, is also a part of my inheritance. Because of what Jesus has done for me presently and promises to do for me in the future, I can enjoy life for the very first time. 

Are you enjoying God’s inheritance?

Prayer: Father, thank You for the eternal inheritance we can have in Jesus Christ. 


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