What’s in Your Inheritance?
In Luke 12:13-21, a man asked Jesus to make his brother divide the inheritance of their family with him. Typically the Jews would divide the family inheritance among the children with the eldest getting the most. It is unknown at this time if it was the eldest child asking for all the inheritance or perhaps the youngest wanting what he felt was his fair share of the stake.
What is clearly seen here is how covetousness can cancel a bond between families, makes what is wrong seem right, and justifies the desires of our flesh to always want more than what we have.
However, there is another part to this story. It is one of our selfish thoughts that tomorrow will always be here so why not store up our treasures and our goods for ourselves. This way we can relax when the hard times hit and be blessed and merry while we watch those who were not prepared fall to their demise. What we don’t realize is, whether we are rich or poor, a successful corporate business person or a farmer in the field, we are not exempt from the clutches of death.
Would it not be better to be rich toward God, living as He wills, and not as we will, so our souls would prosper? Wouldn’t it be better to live every day as if it were our last, serving Him instead of serving the desires of our flesh?
No matter how much we possess we always will desire more. For as soon as one gains what he desires his heart will go after something else. Man may see these things as necessities and feel they support the desires and needs of his life. What a misconceived notion this may be. A failed mindset that has deceived man into thinking that the abundance of things and money will remain with him until his death bringing a false sense of security to ones soul.
My friend, a man’s possessions are not preserved after his death. As a matter of fact, they may not even be preserved during his own lifetime. God only gives what is needed. He does not give superciliously. He gives as we need and what is necessary. For when our hearts are steadfast upon Him, so our treasures are also.
James 5:7-8 – “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
A farmer plants seed in hopes that he will yield a harvest, but he must allow God to give the increase. He must allow his faith in God to rain on his field. Along with rain will come the wind, floods, and the heat which parches the ground causing the roots to dig deeper into the soil to obtain its nourishment.
Once nourished it goes on to produce a crop. But between seed-time and harvest comes the bearing of the burden that allows for growth. For without the duration there would never be a harvest. A faithful walk with our precious Savior consists of carrying our own cross. This duration of carrying the cross allows us to grow. It is the continuance of rain, winds, flood, and parching heat that causes our roots to burrow down in Him so that He can rise up trees of righteousness in us.
Our inheritance consists of our eternal life in heaven. There is nothing we can possess here on earth that will get us there except our faith and our works through our faith.
James 4:14-15 – “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
While we are here, don’t live each day as if tomorrow is right around the corner, sure to come at the blink of an eye and at the first breath of a new day. Who guarantees you that? Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly, not so that we could waste it on earthly desires of the flesh and the pride of life, but so we can live it for Him as He wills. Your inheritance depends on it.