Verse for today – “Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11).”
Christian, do you know that you have an inheritance waiting for you? And it is not just a few dollars, or even a few thousand dollars. Your inheritance is more valuable and beautiful than you can imagine. Here are a few descriptions.
Peter says Christians have been born again, “to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you (1 Pet. 1:4).” Christian, your inheritance cannot lose value! No matter what the stock market does, or the economy, or your savings and loan, or China, or the price of oil, your assets are completely secure. Your inheritance cannot be given away, used up, or de-valued. Your inheritance is non-transferrable. Our whole economy can crash, and world powers be disrupted, while you rest peacefully in the security of God’s promises. And this is just the beginning.
In another place in the Bible Paul wrote, “… things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Cor. 2:9).” Remember, dear reader, that it is hard to understand spiritual blessings. This is because we have such a narrow and limited view of reality. We mostly know about things we can see and study. In these words from the Bible, God is trying to expand our understanding. Think of the most valuable and amazing inheritance you can imagine, and then realize that our Maker is saying, “Your inheritance is much better!” But there is yet another aspect to the Christian’s heritage that is important to grasp.
Those who belong to Christ will inherit God Himself! In the Old Testament, King David wrote the following fascinating words. “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup… (Ps. 16:5).” With these words David announces that the Lord, Himself, is his inheritance. What can he possibly mean? How can someone be our heritage? The answer is so refreshing that I have often looked right past it. The answer is that the Giver is better than the gift! Remember a few more of David’s words: “O taste and see that the Lord is good… (Ps. 34:8).” And, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water (Ps. 63:1).” What is David missing as he writes these words? What is he searching for? The answer is God Himself! And beautifully, God IS our inheritance! To conclude, think of Jesus own words: “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (John 17:3).”