I read this scripture today in my search for verses about how much God cares about me. Not just me, but people in general. The last part of the scripture just leapt of the page. “His holy people (that includes me) who are His rich and glorious inheritance.” I am God’s inheritance. I have pondered on that little fact all day.
Webster’s Dictionary defines inheritance as:
the act of inheriting property
God inherited us through the death of Christ on the cross. I am His inheritance.
the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring
I am a child of God. I have received the genetic qualities of God. His DNA, His very character is being written in my life. Transmitted as I submit my will to His and learn who I am in Him. I am His inheritance.
the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations
I work in a field where I can see both the best and worst of people. I was discussing with my coworkers an article about how people are living longer, but at what cost. We discussed how so many decisions of care for a dying family member are made out of guilt.
Family wants everything done regardless of how futile the effort may be. Some fail to realize soon enough time is valuable. We often waste what time we have been given pursuing things that have no lasting value. Years after you retire, people might know your name but most will not likely remember who you were or your contribution.
On the other side of the spectrum is the elderly person who just wants to leave an inheritance. They refuses to spend money earned to receive the necessary care to just be safe and comfortable. People who don’t want to get rid of their assets and go into a nursing home or don’t want to pay for private caregivers feeling obligated to have something to leave to their family.
Or worse, the “concerned family member” who stays close by, but isn’t willing or able to meet the physical needs of the elderly person, but also is unwilling to allow the person’s assets to be known for fear they will lose their inheritance, no matter how small it might be.
As we talked about this, I shared with my coworkers this scripture, that we are God’s inheritance. One stated “He got the short end of the stick.” It is so true.
God is left waiting for His inheritance through our excuses, failures, rejection, and disobedience. He patiently waits for us to give Him first place.
God is left waiting for His inheritance when we hold on to our selfish ways, not wanting to share with Him or others so that we can receive the healing that only He can provide.
God is left waiting for His inheritance while we quote His Word and busy ourselves with religious activities all the while refusing to meet the true requirements that He has of us.
Ultimately, We are His inheritance. If we claim Jesus as Lord, we are God’s inheritance.