12.9.17 – Eph 1:11

n the early 90’s a 17 yr old waitress befriended an elderly widower who regularly ate at the restaurant where she worked. They became such good friends that she also helped him around the house and ran errands for him. In 1992 he became ill and unfortunately passed away. To her surprise he included her in his will to the tune of $500,000, a grand inheritance.
If you search the internet you can find many stories of this nature. One of the sad things is in a lot of these cases you also read how the inheritance was wasted and gone in virtually no time at all. No real appreciation existed for what was inherited.
In the opening of Paul’s letter to to the Ephesians he speaks to some of the blessings we have in Christ. One of which is our inheritance. This is such an apropos word for what he has given to us. An inheritance is given, not earned. An inheritance carries a great responsibility. It can be nurtured and grown or flittered away without care.
One inheritance you hear about is a Trust Fund. Trust funds are set aside to be used at a later date. This better describes what we have in Christ. You see our true inheritance is heaven. The promise given to us by Jesus himself, In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? ~John 14:2. However, if we don’t accept the inheritance and take responsibility for that relationship here and now, it will never be ours to receive. This inheritance is greater than any monetary gifts we’ll ever be given. It is also ours to share with others.
The waitress took the money she received and invested it. She also used it to earn a degree in financial planning. She now has that inheritance and then some.
I leave you with this to think about. Have you accepted your inheritance from Christ? If so, how responsible have you been with it?
Ephesians 1:11 – 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,