When you hear the word inheritance, what is the first thing that comes to mind? I ponder over the material possessions, jewellery, furniture and tools that are significant to my family. I think of the words of wisdom, the legacy and character of those family members that have gone before. In my library, I have a bible from a distant cousin who was a missionary in China in the 1920s. Within six months of arriving, he contracted a fatal illness. Of great worth to me was the hand written letters and study notes contained within his treasured bible.
This type of inheritance – though important – pales into insignificance when compared to the inheritance we receive as followers of Christ Jesus.
Our inheritance is a kingdom that cannot be shaken. It is an everlasting kingdom and one that endures throughout all generations (Ps. 145:13).
It is a kingdom that is both spiritual (within our hearts) and physical (with a King, subjects, territory, government and culture). The centre of this kingdom is God and the Lamb. The triune God of the universe. This kingdom will be diverse, as all peoples and nations will be represented.
As part of our inheritance we will reign and rule with Christ over his kingdom, the new heaven and the new earth. Christ is the sovereign ruler of the entire universe and we are co-heirs with Christ. We are sons and daughters of Christ and in a future day we will have the earth entrusted to us to rule and reign over.
Be encouraged in your faith, God has marvellous things in store for those who trust and obey his calling in their lives. He has a kingdom that we will inherit, a kingdom of peace, prosperity and immense glory.
From Nathan Potts – Pastor