Posted by: Jo | March 24, 2017

An Everlasting Inheritance

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup, you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”

(Psalm 16: 5 – 6)

Inheritance01Just recently I was reading, what for me was a very sad story, an article describing an ugly court case between two brothers and their sister who was contesting the inheritance left by their father. The sister felt she had been unfairly treated by the brothers, who she felt had robbed her of what was rightly hers, and her words were laced with anger at her brothers as she gave her version of what she thought her father intended in his will.  This is a far too common story and always depresses me when I see families divided and quarrelling about money.

When we use the word, inheritance, it does not always mean money, and it is commonly used when we are describing others;

  • She has inherited the graciousness of her mother. 
  • He has inherited his father’s gift of generosity.  

We can be grateful when we look back at those loved ones of our family who left us with delightful inheritances,

  • The gift of laughter, especially when things didn’t look good 
  • Making us aware when we were children, of others who were not as well off as we were  
  • Manners handed down from mothers, practising them never leaving us.  

There is a beautiful example of this in Paul’s letter to Timothy where he recognises and reminds Timothy of the powerful inheritance he received from his mother and grandmother.

 “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which, first lived in your grandmother, Lois and in your mother Eunice and I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (2 Timothy 1: 5)

Inheritance02The gift of faith would be worth more than an inheritance of millions.

We can strive to leave this as a legacy for our own children and grandchildren.

We as beloved children of the Heavenly Father are ensured of the most incredible inheritance, it never runs out, always available, will fill our every need. We don’t even need to remember a password to access the richest of blessings.

“…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” (Colossians 1: 11 – 12)

The beautiful story of God rescuing his people reminds us that our inheritance also comes with an insurance policy. God tells his people he has rescued them from the terror of being adrift in an uncaring world;

“But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.” (Deuteronomy 4:20)

Inheritance03Once we are his, we receive the inheritance immediately.  We can call upon the wealth of his blessings, just by seeking an intimate relationship with him. I call it running to the bank when you most need the Holy Spirit. We just need to stay close to him to hear that whisper

 

You belong to me. My inheritance belongs to you!

 

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  1. Like Jo M. I too thank my Grandmother for inheriting her trusting faith. I pray that some of that faith has been inherited by my family. Thanks again Jo.

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  2. A wonderful and timely blog, Jo, for those of us for whom will-making becomes a bit of an obsession. As you say the most precious treasure we have to pass on is our faith. I particularly loved your quote from Paul and know how much my own grandmother and mother nurtured my faith. Thank you Jo.

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