In the last weeks, I have talked about three of the riches we receive when we inherit the Kingdom of God by believing in Christ Jesus. The first one was hope. We have an expectation that God will fulfill our desires when we place our trust in Him. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19 NIV) I like this analogy of our hope holding us in place so that we are not tossed into danger but is keeping us solid in rough times.
Forgiveness was the second riches I mentioned. “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared.” (Psalm 130:3-4 NIV) I think of fear as awe or honor. God tears up any evidence of our sins; He deserves our highest respect.
Joy was the next treasure. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit that become ours when we choose to follow God. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23) All are available to us as part of our inheritance. When we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us, they are within our reach.
We don’t have to wait until we reach heaven to enjoy the inheritance that is ours. God has provided many good things for us to experience while we are alive. Claiming our inheritance doesn’t mean we will never see hard times. It means we have the tools available to help us navigate the challenges. And we are never alone. The Holy Spirit is in us and should be the one at the helm, directing our position.
Are you claiming the riches that your position as an heir gives you?
“The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even thou we have rebelled against him.” Daniel 9:9
Part of our inheritance as children of God is to be forgiven. Christ died and paid the price for our sins. When we confess, He is generous to forgive.
That forgiveness is not just something we receive; God has given it to us that we may be able to pass it on. All of us have experienced pain caused by someone else. What we do with that pain becomes an influence in our lives. When we replay wounds over in our mind or repeat them to others, they recreate the injury again and again. The pain becomes poison making us physically and spiritually sick. We can’t spiritually grow until we ask God for forgiveness, in the same way we are not spiritually healthy until we give forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
Ephesians 4:32 reminds us, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Not only are we told to forgive; our own forgiveness will be measured against how we forgive others.
So what have we inherited? When God asks us to do something, He gives us the tools to do it. Part of our inheritance is the ability to forgive others and freeing ourselves of the heavy weight of bitterness.
How have you forgiven someone who you held a grudge against?
Last week I talked about being an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus. While we live in this world what is it we possess from our Heavenly Father’s estate? There are many things we can claim as our own, starting with hope.
Hope is a desire accompanied by the expectation of fulfillment, according to Webster’s dictionary. Psalm 62:5 tells us, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.”
As Christians, we have faith that our desires will come to pass when they are aligned with God’s will. We can rest assured that whatever befalls us God is with us. That hope is not something we have to earn or wait for, it is within our grasp at this moment.
The hope God gives us is different than mans hope. In man, I may want to win the lottery, but with God my soul rests in the expectation that He will help me through all hardships. My selfish longing may be to write a best-seller, but peace fills me when I write for God’s glory.
When we place our hope in God, we have more than an expectation; we have an assurance of fulfillment. Claim your rightful inheritance by resting in God alone.
Has there been a time when your hope in God helped you through tough times? How did you claim your inheritance?