Lines for Ladies
By Pat McAlister
Sometimes we receive an inheritance
whether we deserve it or not. It may come
from family, friend or even someone we
don’t know. A person who has cared for someone who has been ill for years may well deserve what they inherit.
The inheritance we receive from God comes from His grace. This grace is not earned, but we must deserve it. His inheritance is avail-able to everyone. We aren’t on the receiving end just because we are one of His family. “For by grace you have been savedthrough faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) But Paul does not stop here. In verse 10 he continues, “. . . for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Occasionally we will inherit from an
unknown benefactor, but usually we inherit
because we wear the name. Deserving or not,
you receive the inheritance because you belong to that family. Often unresolved differences can mean that someone with the
birthright is left out completely. To receive the inheritance that God offers we must wear the name of Christ. We become one family. The inheritance, He has promised to us, we want to share with others. You can’t be selfish and share it alone. It is for all who want to share it.Abraham received an inheritance through his faith and obedience. We receive ours the same way, faith and obedience.
Just as unresolved difference will cause
someone to lose their inheritance within a
family, so will the unrighteous lose their
inheritance in the kingdom of God.We were created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that
we should walk in them. Our inheritance is a gift from God, given freely. We do good works because of our love of God and man. We could never hope to do enough good works to earn what a glorious gift He has in store for us.
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