Inheriting the Fullness of Life

Thursday, May 19, 2011 Posted by Sara

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 I heard the following story in a sermon this week, I pray it encourages you as it did me.

An older gentleman lovingly held his only son.  In a few moments, he would say goodbye to him, left only with his fervent prayers and hope that his son would return home from the war in Korea.  Returning to his large estate this wealthy widower spent days, sitting quietly in the library, wondering and waiting for his son’s return.

Grief found him still waiting as news traveled home that the son was killed in combat. A few weeks later, the man received a unique gift – a painting of his son by an artist in Korea, whom his son had befriended during his time there.  Tears streamed down his weathered face as he admired the portrait of his son. 

Years passed and the man’s days drew to a close.  With no children to bequeath his grand estate to, his possessions were auctioned off to the public.  The first item up for auction – the beloved painting of his son.  As the auctioneer took bids for the first item, the crowd remained silent.  A small voice rose from the back of the crowd – it was the butler.  He had spent his life serving the estate owner, and watching the beloved son grow up.  With a precious $100 and no competing bids, he won the painting.  A gavel struck down and the auctioneer announced that the auction was over.  Puzzled attendees sat speechless. 

The auctioneer announced, “As stipulated in the will of the estate owner, the person who wins the painting, receives the entire estate.”

Those who receive the Son, inherit it all.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.  And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)

Lord, thank you for the promises we walk in because of your sacrifice and victory over the grave.  We have inherited a new way of thinking, authority to transform the world around us, a place in the family business, and an abundant life.  Continue, Jesus,  to show us the limitlessness of our great inheritance in You!

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