In my current walk with God, I’m diving in and trying to really understand who I am in Christ. I know what He means to me, but what do I really mean to Him? After all there are over 7 billion people in the world and I am but a speck of sand among everyone else. In our little human minds it is very hard to balance our identity. We either live as though we are the center of the universe, or as though we are insignificant, forgotten, and nothing at all.
Today during my quiet time, I kept reading different verses regarding different subjects, but the same word kept popping up… “heir”. The ever trusty Mr. Webster defines this word as “one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property or one who receives or is entitled to receive some endowment or quality from a parent or predecessor”. Romans 8:15 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!”. As believers we are sons and daughters of the Creator of the universe. Galatians 3:29 says that we are Christ’s. We are heirs.
So what exactly do we inherit? What does it mean to be an heir of God? How do we LIVE like an heir? (Whoa buddy, do I struggle with that last one…)
First of all, God chose us through spiritual adoption. He chose us. He wanted us – each of us. We aren’t just specks. We are noticed, chosen, and cherished. As an adopted child of the King, we were taken from our filthy rags and given instead the robes of royalty through Christ Jesus. Not because of who we are or what we have done or even what we deserve. We were lowly, poor, and destitute in our sin. But Jesus saw us, chose us, redeemed us, and made us a part of His family forever. We are princesses. We are princes. We are chosen heirs.
So what is our inheritance? We have probably all heard about receiving eternal life in Heaven through Jesus… But what about right now? What about this day-to-day, mundane life we live? Well, as believers, we inherit His precious Spirit. In this we get a relationship with the Creator of all things, who literally named every single star (Psalm 147:4). That is just beyond my comprehension. Such a big God that He knows all of His creation intimately and has chosen such a relationship with them. We as adopted heirs, unworthy yet chosen, get a forever love story with THE King! As a vivid dreamer and a fairy tale lover at heart, this just overwhelms me… talk about the ultimate Cinderella story! He has given us His Holy Spirit while we are still here on earth, not yet in our forever Kingdom. This Spirit guides, helps, comforts, loves, and walks with us. We have personal access to the King. What an inheritance indeed!
But it doesn’t stop there… The Bible says we are heirs along with Christ (Romans 8:17). You mean we inherit all that Christ inherits? Yep. Co-heirs with the Savior of the world, no big deal. I would say that this shows how serious God is about our adoption. We are truly His! We receive the riches of glory and of His grace while we are here on earth and then wonders unimaginable when we enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (1 Corinthians 2:9).
So, how do we live accordingly? How do you live like an heir to the King of Kings when you feel lower than dirt sometimes? When the oppressor (Satan) is trying to make you feel like an unloved orphan or an outcast or an unworthy servant?
- We remember who our King is! (Nehemiah 9:6; Isaiah 40:12-28; John 16:33; 1 John 4:4)
- We remember that the end of our story is already written and secured! (Revelation 17:4; Matthew 25:32-36)
- We remember that not by our own self, but by our Father we are royal heirs! (Romans 8:14-17; John 3:16; Luke 12:32)
- We remember we do not rely on our strength to walk this daily life! (Psalm 94:22; Acts 20:32; Proverbs 3:5-6)
Guys and gals, we are heirs of an abundant life while still here in our temporary home and then we will inherit eternal life in our forever home (a palace) with our King forever and ever. Now that is a real fairy tale. Let us all (myself definitely included) start living as heirs. “And they lived happily ever after…”