Saturday, April 01, 2006

April Fools! . . . or not

What if you got a call today from a lawyer? Immediately you would think it was an April Fool's joke.

"A relative has named you as heir. You have a mansion with your name on the deed and your needs will be taken care of for the rest of forever!"

April Fools!

Or not . . .

Galatians 3:29 says, “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.”

That’s so cool! We are heirs. And according to that promise, and according to our position in Christ, we're blessed. We simply have to reap the rewards.

Today, I let my mind wander on this idea of being an heir. Last year, one of my husband’s co-workers had a grandfather who passed away, and the grandson was an heir. Soon he was driving a new car and had purchased a few new, electronic “toys.”

Of course, then there is the “famous” Paris Hilton. The girl just happened to be born into a wealthy family and she’s getting more attention from the media than the chemists who are working on the cure for cancer. That puts things in perspective by how heirs are treated on this earth, but here are a few more verses about what’s in store for heirs of God:

Galatians 4:6-7 says, “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

Eph 3:5-6 says, “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.”

And finally, James 2:5 says, “Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?”

Personally, in my natural family, my heritage is from a family that is wealthy in love, by poor in money or possessions. (I wouldn’t have it any other way.)

But spiritually, I have Paris Hilton beat! I’m rejoicing today that I’m an heir in line to inherit God’s kingdom. The kingdom of the Creator of the universe! Praise Him!

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