Read Ephesians 1
Focus on verse 11-12
When my wife’s father passed away a few years ago, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that we would be the benefactors of a small inheritance. The only thing we had to do to be eligible to receive this inheritance was that we had to prove we were part of the family. An inheritance is not earned, it most often is not deserved, it is ours because of a relationship.
In today’s reading Paul discusses the inheritance we have in Christ.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (v. 11-12)
When we choose to follow Jesus, we establish a relationship with Him, by which we are adopted into God’s family. When this happens we become co-heirs with Jesus of everything the Father owns. Since the Father is God, and since God essentially owns everything, this puts us in line to inherit a portion of – well – everything that God has for us.
This is an exciting concept to me as well as a little overwhelming. Apparently we will have plenty to do in eternity beyond “sitting on a cloud – playing a harp”. (I’ve always thought the whole harp and halo thing was an incredibly inaccurate assessment of heaven…It’s going to be so much more than that!)
The bottom line is – we have an inheritance! And it is going to be awesome, but it’s only for those who are part of the family. Fortunately, anyone can become part of the family. All one has to do is choose to follow Jesus. If you are not sure you have made that choice I recommend you talk to a local church pastor or a trusted Christian friend. If you don’t have either of those connections, leave me a comment below and I’d be glad to try to answer any questions you might have.