100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 27
You Are an Heir of God (Romans 8:17)
Do some internet searching on heir apparent and you discover young men and women working in mega corporations like Ralph Lauren and Trump Real Estate. One day, the company will be all theirs, and it’s not because they built it from the ground up- it will be a part of their inheritance. Allegra Versace was named heir of famed designer Gianni Versace and inherited half of his estate at the tender age of eighteen. In an instant, her wealth grew to a total of $700 million dollars that includes properties all over the world.1
But do not be deceived- the wealth of a young heiress cannot touch your riches. You, Child of God, are an heir of God and co-heir with Christ. All that is the Father’s is yours.
Jesus told the parable of a prodigal son and plainly illustrated God’s heart toward His children. To the one who realizes he made a mistake in asking for an early inheritance and indulging in what the world had to offer, he says, “Come home; all is forgiven. You don’t have to do anything to earn my love. I never stopped loving you.” But to the sibling who angrily protested the welcome home celebration of the prodigal, the father says, “You are always with me, and everything I have is yours” (Luke 15:31).
What qualifies you to be an heir? You must eradicate all merit-based thinking. Receiving your inheritance is not a matter of your being good or bad, faithful or unfaithful. You are an heir based on your identity as God’s son or daughter. In an “earn-your-way” world, this truth may require time to internalize: I am an heir and recipient of God’s kingdom; my role is to receive.
What is included in your inheritance?
In a nutshell, your inheritance is a life that overcomes. Ultimately, you will release one last breath on this earth but overcome death just as Jesus did when He left the grave empty on the third day after He was crucified and died. He has gone ahead of you into heaven and prepares a place for you to be with Him forever.
“In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3).
Additionally, your identity as heir of God affords you the ability to overcome all circumstances that you face in the temporal world. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” By abiding in Him by faith, we also overcome in the here and now. Heir of God and Co-heir with Christ, it is time to live the rise above life, because “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…” (Ephesians 2:6).
How do you secure your inheritance?
To secure an earthly inheritance, you meet with legal representation and the banking institution to sign documents naming you the lawful owner of assets. Interestingly, once everything is legally transferred to your name, you can continue to live as though you have not inherited anything! Only by engaging your assets do you fulfill your role as heir.
Wow! Is that revelation hitting you as it is me? If the same is true of the eternal kingdom as it is here in the temporal, then we potentially have an entire realm of assets that we are not accessing! To start engaging your inheritance, read the gospel writings and thank the Father in heaven for everything that you see Jesus enjoying because you know as co-heir, you also get to enjoy it. Even if you think, “But I’m not walking in the same realities that Jesus walked in,” still thank God in heaven for depositing them into your account. Don’t excuse away anything related to the activity of Christ- nothing remains apart from your reach. (One exception, of course! He satisfied the needed payment for all sin. All debts unto God are paid in full by Jesus’ sinless life offered on the cross.)
Gratitude, Child of God, is your ticket to increase. Do you want to access more of heaven’s realities? Be thankful for what you already possess and steward it well. Live a life of gratitude by remembering what Jesus Christ has done for you. Also, ask the Father for all of His good gifts set aside for you in Christ Jesus (See Luke 11:13). He is eager for you to engage your inheritance!
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Study the life of Christ in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
1 “Heirs Apparent to Famous Family Empires.” www.dailyfinance.com. Accessed Oct. 20, 2015.