So you just found out that you have a very large inheritance waiting for you to claim it, but you are just too busy at work trying to hack out a living to take the time go claim it. In fact you have not even taken the time to read through the papers to see everything the inheritance entails. Sounds like a sad story doesn’t it? Replace the “you” with an “I” and re-read it. As Christians we have an inheritance, and most are so busy working to try to receive a little spiritual pat on the head they miss the full blessings from their Father. Either “Amen” or “oh my”.
Ephesians 1:11-12, 11 “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.”
An inheritance; think about this for a moment. When my father passed away I was twenty three and everything that he had in his name was willed over to my mother. When she passed away ten years later, everything she had including that which had been willed to her from my father became mine. Our laws declared this and as long as there was a Will and Testament stating this, no one had any right to my inheritance. Interesting point is that there also must be a testator named in the will to oversee the implementation of the will at the death of the person. If for some reason the testator was no longer alive the court would need to appoint one. The bible is the Will of God giving all that He has to Jesus and those in Christ Jesus are joint heirs, Romans 8:17. We know from the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15, that the father gave the son his portion when he was asked even though the father was still alive. In Jewish law, the son is entitled to his portion even while the father lives. This story is a word picture for us to understand just how accessible our inheritance is. The father in this story represents God and the prodigal son represents us. Jesus is at the right hand of God and we are there with Him in spirit, and the Bible tells us that heaven is one of our inheritances. But God wants us blessed while living here on earth. We all have this inheritance and even like the prodigal son that took his inheritance and blew it, once we come to our senses, God will always accept us and restore to us our inheritance. There are several versus in the Old Testament where God profess Himself to be a God of abundant restoration. Proverbs 6:31 tells us that the thief, when found, must restore seven fold, even if he has to give up all the substance in his house. Both Exodus 22 and Leviticus 6 confirm this statement of restoration from the thief. Jesus, in His own words tells us in John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
God’s desire is for His children to have life abundantly, not just hanging on till our day of resurrection. God has made the way for His children to return to Him, pure and holy through the blood of Jesus. Those of us who believe and confess Him can return to Him. Interesting point in the prodigal son story, the son did not first try to restore his life before he returned to his father’s house. He only realized his sins and decided to go back to his father and seek help. In this story, it is the father that restores the son and cleans him up. In today’s religious dogma often taught either openly or in secret, people who either have turned to Christ or want to return to Him are almost required to clean themselves up first in order to be accepted. I cannot count the number of times I have heard someone make these statements, “I just didn’t seem to fit in to that church, because the lifestyle I am trying to come out of was just too different for them to feel comfortable around me.” Another statement I have heard from members inside a church is, “I can’t believe that person dresses like they do to come to church, don’t they know better”, or “when are they going to change their ways, don’t they know better.” I could go on, but the point I want to make is that it is God who restores people and not the person themselves. He does so through His people and the church as a whole is supposed to be His hands to touch this world. God is the Master of restoration and He will restore a person who comes to Him, in the counsel of His will as it states in Ephesians 11.
Another very important point is that with a Will and Testament, there must be a living Testator to implement the Will. We have a never-ending, forever-powerful Testator looking out for our best. Jesus, the Son of God, who sits at the right hand of God, is our Testator. He is forever making intersession for His children, His joint heirs. The most important thing to remember is this is all God’s will and plan. He is the one who wants to restore people to Himself. He wants to have fellowship with us.
Those who trust first in Christ will be to the praise of His glory. It is our lives, walked out in front of the world, allowing God to be our source, which will speak loudest to the world. If we will simply trust Him and allow Him to work with and through us, then He will cause us to prosper both spiritually and in the natural. Think about this, if God is a God of restoration which the Bible proves He is, why do people think He is always out to punish us? People who think this way have not understood the true will of God. He loves us and wants more than anything to restore people to their rightful position as His children; blessed beyond measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will He bless us. (Luke 6:38)
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