Read Romans 8:16-19
“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (v. 17).
Often when we visit friends, we are shown items of interest that they inherited from a family member. Those are heirlooms, things that heirs would receive. Many of these things are priceless, in either actual or sentimental value.
While my family did not seem to hang on to things of the past, I enjoy the beautiful dishes, quilts, and furniture others have inherited, and I listen to the loving connections with family. We have already learned this week that we are adopted by the King of the heavens and are His children. In every sense, that makes us heirs of God, heirs of all the good things He has for His children and of a home in heaven, and heirs together with Christ!
With inheritance comes responsibility. By bearing His name, we show the world what the family is like. We are witnesses to what He has done for us by living holy lives and by reflecting His grace. The change in us will show others the possibilities of being joint-heirs with Christ! (Sue Colburn)
I once was an outcast stranger on earth,
A sinner by choice, an alien by birth!
But I've been adopted; my name's written down.
I'm heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown!
— Harriet E. Buell
Think of all we inherit by being children of the King, then count your blessings!
This is the Tuesday, June 16, 2015 entry of Opening the Word.