Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Inheritance in the Waiting - Martin Wiles

Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. Ephesians 1:11 NLT

Mine wasn’t sizable, but at the time it seemed enormous. 

When I was 15, my family received a call that my maternal grandfather had died. Strokes had pummeled him frequently, each one leaving him more disabled then the previous one—until he was finally bedridden. My grandmother tended to him faithfully, to the point of her own exhaustion. After his death, his six grandchildren received an inheritance of $1,000. To some, that amount wouldn’t be considered much—and it wouldn’t go far now, but in 1975 and for a teenager, it was enormous. I eventually used it as a down payment on a new car. 

At present, my wife and I have three of our four parents still living. None of which do we anticipate receiving a sizable inheritance from. Nor do we have any wealthy aunts or uncles we expect one from. Unless something changes, we will live as we do now until we die: modestly. 

When I die, however, I expect a sizable inheritance. As God’s adopted child, I own everything his Son does—and that’s everything. But I don’t possess it yet. After death, I’ll get to enjoy what I can only read about presently in his Word. The joys of heaven are indescribable, but God’s Word gives me a hint about what I can expect. 

Occasionally, a will—and the stated inheritance therein, is challenged by a disgruntled family member. The inheritance the deceased wished to leave to a relative might be diminished or even taken away. Not so with my future inheritance. It is as sure as the word of God, which cannot be changed or overruled. 

Along with heaven will come the completion of my salvation. Though my salvation initiated when I choose to surrender to Christ, it will not be finalized until I reach heaven. I’ve been saved from the penalty of my sins, but I will one day be delivered from the very presence of sin. 

Do you have a spiritual inheritance in the waiting?

Prayer: Father, we praise You for the rich inheritance we have through faith in Jesus Christ.

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