Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory? — Mark 1:14
You have an inheritance coming to you. If you read God’s Word, the Bible promises one for you.
The Bible says in Acts 20:32, “I commit you to God and to the Word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (NIV).
God gave me the idea to write this column about our inheritance after reading a sermon by Rick Warren. An inheritance is your legacy, something you’ve earned the right to have, and it is rightfully yours.
What if your father was a billionaire, and when he died, you never cared, did not take the time to read the will? Sounds foolish, doesn’t it? What is rightfully yours could possibly go to the state if you don’t claim it. As a result, you wouldn’t benefit from what belongs to you as a child of a billionaire who ignored the inheritance that was his/hers.
Many Christians are very much like the child of the billionaire. They have accepted the Lord as their savior, but they don’t fully understand that they really do belong to Him. Our body is not our own. Scripture reminds us, “Your body is a temple.”
To be born again means to become a part of God’s family. Therefore, family privileges are a tremendous asset! It comes along with your decision to follow Christ. You have a spiritual inheritance. As long as you live and walk the face of this beautiful and abundant earth, and you are following the will of the Lord God, you will be able to walk by faith and not by sight!
You will never feel alone, for you will know that the Lord is with you always. When you pray, you will say, “Our Father, which are in heaven, hallowed would be thy name, thy kingdom come. In earth, as it is in heaven.”
You ask, how can anything in this earth, as unfair and unjust as it is, be as it is in heaven? If you walked through your entire life and you didn’t know what benefits were available to you as a child of God (which would be sad and foolish), again, you will be missing out on what is rightfully yours. Your inheritance. God wants you to grow and know what’s available to you from him. You need to read the Bible to do that.
Let us take a look at the song by Donald Lawrence, “The Blessing of Abraham.” It says, “Wherever you are, where ‘er you go/whatever you touch its anointed to grow/you are the seed, by faith receive/the blessing of Abraham, the blessing of Abraham/it’s your inheritance/get your inheritance/you are the seed, by faith receive/the blessing of Abraham, the blessing of Abraham.”
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The purpose of the Bible is to help you live out the purpose God has for your life; it’s God’s inheritance that’s due to you. God wants you to be thoroughly equipped for what you’ve been made to do. To do that, he does four things through Scripture: first, He teaches us. God shows us the paths we are to walk, if we will hear His voice. Next, he corrects us.
Folks, that’s how this inheritance business works. Read your word, Google scriptures on “inheritance” and see for yourself. God’s Word helps you grow and get that great inheritance that has been set aside, just for you.
Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host on WYCB (1340 AM), Fridays at 6 p.m. Visit her website at www.lyndiagrantshow.com. Contact her at 202-518-3192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.