Have you Claimed Your Inheritance?
“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.” (Acts 20:32 NIV)
You have an inheritance coming to you. It’s promised to you in the word of God’s grace.
Pretend your father is the richest man in the world. He dies and leaves you in his will. You would be foolish if you never took the time to read the will. You wouldn’t know what was rightfully due to you. You wouldn’t benefit from what belongs to you as a child of the world’s wealthiest man. When you become a follower of Jesus, you’re not just a believer, you’re a belonger. You become a part of God’s family. Family privileges come along with that decision. The Bible says, “Because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God.” (Ephesians 1:11 NLT).
But this inheritance doesn’t come to you when God dies— He’ll never die! It comes to you when you’re born again. The Bible says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade— kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3-4 NIV).
What is that inheritance? Part of it is the promises in God’s word. But if you lived your entire life and never took the time to learn the benefits that were available to you as a child of God, that would be sad— and foolish. God wants you to know what’s available to you from Him. It requires faith to receive your inheritance. You have to believe that God loves you and accepts you as part of his family in Christ. You have to believe He will fulfill His promises, and that your inheritance is real, not just some empty words to make you feel good when things seem bad. Get into the Word. Find out what is rightfully yours. And then in faith, expect the best from God.
What did you hear?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________
What do you think?
How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________
What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________