A woman who worked for an attorney told how sometimes estates are settled and there is difficulty locating the beneficiaries. All the wealth of a lifetime amassed, sitting there, remains untouched as the office tries to track down a distant relation.
We have an inheritance as believers, for “the Father has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light” (Colossians 1:12). All the riches of Christ belong to His church (Ephesians 3:8). And yet, the church can leave it untouched, choosing instead to life impoverished.
What is our inheritance? It is life eternal, beginning now. The supreme objective of God is to establish His kingdom on earth, in us and through us. The kingdom of heaven is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17).
Every arena of our experience on earth, be it our physical bodies, our personal relationships, our government, our finances, our children, our work, etc. are opportunities to usher in the kingdom of heaven. Righteousness, peace, and joy are ours to dispense to others and to expect for ourselves.
Of course, obedience goes hand in hand with the kingdom. We cannot be rebellious or disobedient and expect the Father’s blessing. As we walk in the Spirit and deny our flesh, the kingdom grows. We become more fruitful, and our joy and intimacy with the Father increases.
Attending a college celebration last year in a posh D.C. hotel, I was struck with how paltry and superficial everything seemed. Here were international bankers and lawyers and members of the Peace Corps, allegedly the world’s brightest and most prestigious achievers, celebrating our school’s legacy. Beyond the provost’s proud words, what did we really have? We had some great memories in Europe and Africa, some of us learning to speak the language better than others, a few even returning to nurture careers or families. Mingling, I found the atmosphere itself stifled and fragile, as though people were hiding behind their cocktails. Missing was the depth and warmth of what I experience regularly in any given gathering of believers, be it my own congregation on a Sunday morning, or a conference in which I might now know a soul but forge instant connections through the common thread of Christ.
Christ has accomplished the victory. It is finished. We now have the joy of administering the victory over every piece of existence that does not yet manifest the kingdom of heaven. We do this through prayer, through speaking life into people and situations, and through acts of obedience as the Spirit leads. What a wonderful inheritance!
What part of your inheritance has Christ provided that you need to access?