Kingdom Inheritance Continued

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

The kingdom.  I strive, so many times, to earn good grades, to enter into that “one” relationship, to be known, to make money…and my heavenly Father, out of His amazing love for me, has given me the kingdom!  How foolish I can be!

Don’t miss the first part of that…not only does God give us the kingdom, He delights, it pleases Him to give us the kingdom!

When we enter into relationship with God, which is made possible only through Jesus Christ, He makes us part of the family of God, and we have an inheritance in the kingdom of God.  We are co-heirs with Christ, our Savior.  Hebrews calls this an “eternal inheritance,” for it will never fade.  Our God is eternal, and when we are saved, we are promised that for the rest of time, for all eternity, we will live and share and enjoy the presence of God.  No more tears, no more sin, no more death, only God and His family.

Is that enough for us?  To live eternally, with no end, in the presence of God, who created this universe, who is sovereign over all things?  In the presence and enjoyment of the God who created us, who LOVES us, unconditionally, and who SAVED us from our sin and from death?  Is it enough to enjoy Christ, our Savior?  We have a foretaste here on Earth and what that eternal fellowship will be like through the local church, but it does not compare to the awesome and glory of heaven.

So again I ask, why do you worry? Or rather, what worries you?  Job, home, family?  Concerns about how you look to others?  Lay it down, brothers and sisters.  Jesus is Healer.  He is Savior.  Will life get easier?  No, and it might get harder.   But we have the promise that God is with us, and He will work in and through us for His glory, and that, I can say with full confidence, satisfies.  Being a part of the family of God brings true joy.

This kingdom inheritance should radically impact and change the way we live our lives. Look at verse 33 of Luke 12: “Sell your possessions and give to the needy….For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  We give to the needy because we are no longer needy because God has secured us eternally.

If we truly love the Lord, and have fellowship and intimacy with Him, we will give everything to follow Him, to know Him, and to make Him and His glory known all around this world.

Romans 8:15-17 says “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”

Suffering.  Not a fun word, we don’t like to think about it.  But we are promised that through our suffering, we are being made more like Christ (James 1:3-4) and that after it all, we will be glorified with Christ.  It will be worth it.  Christ is worth it.

He is worth it.  Our inheritance in the kingdom of God should overcome all of our worries, anxiety, and suffering.  We have peace with God because of Christ.

Don’t seek after the things of this world.  Center your life around Christ.  Seek God’s kingdom.  Do not worry, for God loves to love you, to give you the kingdom.

If you are a believer, there is no cause for concern because we have a heavenly Father that delights in providing for us, so much so, that He has given us the greatest gift in Himself, and has also given us an inheritance in His eternal kingdom.

One last thing I want you to see is the result of this glory, this inheritance, what this treasure will look like.  Turn to Revelation 19:6-9.  This is what awaits us in heaven…a feast, a fellowship, with God Almighty, and with our Lord and Savior, looking forward to an eternity with Him who loves us deeply.

“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure’–for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.  And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'”

The marriage supper of the Lamb to His bride, the church, the believers.  Revelation 21:3-5 says that God will wipe every tear from our eye, and there will be no more mourning or death.  He will “dwell with them,and they will be his people.”  There is no distinction between Jew and Gentile, man or woman, American or Middle Eastern….only God’s family.  We look forward to this feast, to this fellowship, to enjoying our inheritance in God’s kingdom, and enjoying God Himself, for all eternity.  We can do this because of the incredible love Christ showed for us on the cross.  It is by Him alone that we can live, and have right relationship with God.

And it is for Him only that I write, and that I live for.  May God get the glory.

God bless,

Neal E

Comments, questions, concerns? Send to rembry@forum.montevallo.edu.  I will be more than happy to tell you more about God, and how you can be a part of this family.

Kingdom Inheritance–Greater than All Things

Luke 12:22-34.

Again I ask that you read the Scripture above before continuing.

My main point tonight is this:  God gives us an inheritance in His kingdom, and it is greater than anything here, and therefore, we should not worry about our status here on Earth, but look forward to this eternal gift from God.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, probably a month, maybe?  Not sure.  I’ve been experiencing some consistent inconsistency in my life, especially in regard to my walk with God and my attitude towards my days.  Over the past 24 hours, God has been working in my heart to remove hardship, laziness, and develop in me a better attitude towards life.  I’ve found that when I walk with God, and reject walking towards the things of this world, things to turn out better.

Yet the things of this world can be so tempting.  How many times have you, have I, asked God for something we know we don’t really need?  A few weeks ago, I told God I was worried because I was having “major” troubles with my phone, laptop, and car.  I even tried to cover it up by saying I was worried it would affect my ability to stay in touch with those I serve with.  In some ways, that’s true.  But what I found over the next few days was that I was fooling myself.  I serve the God of the universe.  His plan for my life and what He wants to do on this campus isn’t going to be affected by a cell phone whose screen was blinking with all the colors of the rainbow or a faulty car.  He is the eternal Creator and Author of life…what was I thinking?

What are we thinking?  In Luke 12:22-23, Jesus speaks to his disciples, telling them not to worry:

“Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”

This isn’t a request from the Lord.  It is a command.  Stop worrying, stop being anxious.  David Platt puts it this way: “Worry is a sure sign that you have forgotten that you are a child of God.”  I completely agree.  We have a heavenly Father who is more than willing, more than able, and more than pleased, to provide for us, to give us what we need to do what He has called us to do.

Luke 11:10-13 says “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent, or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Please don’t miss this: The greatest gift God gives us is Himself.  He graciously loves and saves us if we have placed our trust in Jesus, and He is faithful to bestow on us the Holy Spirit, God, so that we do not walk this life alone.  No matter the circumstance, if you are a child of God, you have the Holy Spirit.  But God lavishes blessings on us, and we’ll talk about this one great gift that ought not to be neglected soon.

Don’t miss this either: God’s good gifts to us are from Him, and it is He who determines what is good, and what we truly need, not us.  We may believe we need a new car, and that seems good to us, but keep in mind that Jesus just said we were evil.  So how could we know what good really is?  We can’t, but God does.  And so He is able to give us what we truly need, what is truly good, for He is good.

We ask for the gift, says Platt, and get the giver.  Isn’t that amazing?  God comes down, indwells in us through the Holy Spirit, and allows us to enjoy Him!

So why is it that we worry?  If we call ourselves children of God, and we have a personal relationship with God, who created the world and who is sovereign, in control, over every inch of it, why do we worry, thinking that we know best?

Luke 12:24-28 tells us to consider the ravens, lilies, and the grass, all of which are vastly less important than us, but still taken care of and dressed, and blessed, by God Almighty.  In light of this, Jesus says, in verses 29-31, “Do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”

I think I’ve mentioned somewhere on here before that I used to struggle tremendously with anxiety.  Sometimes I still do.  I was nervous about everything, from my situation with friends, my mom, my life, what I was going to do the next week, month, and year.  I was nervous even about little things.  It wrecked me, and that along with sin brought me to the point of tears time and time again, doubting God’s love.  I finally realized what it meant to be a child of God….that whenever this world got me down, whenever life kicked my butt, and whatever trials and circumstances may arise, that the Creator of the universe, and of my life, the God who loved me, who saved me, was the same God that walked beside me, holding me up, helping me bear it.  I would not be here without Him, and there is no doubt about it.

God is more than able to give us peace.  Read through Philippians.  In the face of persecution and hardship, God is faithful to restore us.  And our response should be joy in that we are living a life similar to that of Christ.  We should rejoice that God has blessed us tremendously.

A link exists between our worry and our wants, between our fear of not having enough and our fear in general.  Our attitude towards the things of this world will affect our anxiety.

There’s a disturbing trend among teens and young adults of materialism, of consumerism, of caring way too much about vain things.  I remember the high school conversations, and college ones, about just stupid stuff, and sadly, I was a part of it.  When you die, and leave this place, no one will care about what kind of phone you had, the car you drove, or the parties you went to.  Hear this 10-30 year old: The only thing that matters in this world is what you do with Jesus Christ.  Stop making other things your priority.  They will not last, and they will not satisfy you.  Nothing outside of Jesus Christ can satisfy you and give you true life.  The only thing that matters when we die is our response to Jesus.

We will not take our possessions into heaven.  So many times I think we hear that, but yet we’re so quick to lose sight of what that really means.  Does that mean Jesus doesn’t want us to work hard to support our family, have a home, and honor Him with even these things?  No, but what it means is that if we center our lives and our heart around these things instead of God, we have failed to understand what it means to follow Christ.

Luke 9:58 says “And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.'”  You ever stop to think about the fact that Jesus was homeless?  Our Lord and Savior was homeless.  That should impact us on a few levels.  It should help us take to heart that passage in the Word about caring for the homeless, while making us realize that our treasure is not here.  It’s up above, in heaven, with God.

What is this treasure?  I’ve said that God gives us Himself, but that’s not all, for God is incredibly and ridiculously good.  He has established for us a gift, an eternal gift, that is our reward for persevering in Christ.  This thing that He delights in giving to us, what is it?  Why am I telling you to forsake the things of this world for God?  Why is it worth it?

Read the next post to continue.