Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Rollin In It" - 03/28/15 - Joshua 19-21

"The inheritance of Simeon came out of the share of Judah, because Judah's portion turned out to be more than they needed".(Joshua 19:8)

Often times when I think of inheritance, I think of wealth. I forget that in order to obtain it a death has to occur. That it includes not only property, titles, money, but also rights, obligations, and oftentimes debt. Everything that person had becomes yours if you are the heir. It can be a blessing, a burden and sometimes both. If numerous heirs, it can divide them.

I can remember once reading an article about the lottery. It was around 340 million, third highest it had ever been. In another article it wrote of  Bill Gates spending 1 million within 5 months on his 15 year old daughter to ready her for competing in the Winter Equestrian Festival.  At the time of the article his worth was 64 billion.

There is a part of me which thinks it would be nice to have wealth like that. There are many things Curt and I have talked about that would be nice to do anonymously for people - organizations. Easter is coming up and it would be nice to fly Nichalas and Amber back for the weekend so we could all be together. If we were that wealthy,  I'd like to think we'd use it for God's glory and not become worldly. I don't know how it would change us, but I do know it would. I think about our kids and what they would experience - not just the good things, also the bad. How could you ever know who your true friends are? Some persons would not feel any boundaries as they came to ask for money. There would be such a loss of privacy.

And then too, I think of the inheritance I have received. One that surpasses all wealth - all worldly possessions- which gives me everything I need.

 My inheritance came at the cost of an innocent man's life.
A man who gave up His life so I may live eternally with my Father. 
My Savior. 
My Jesus Christ.

This world will pass - as will all the millions and billions of dollars that are in it. I know for some persons,  money is their god - their hope - their road to death. I do know I can not afford to fly our Nichalas and Amber in for the weekend. I do not have a million to spend on a sport our kids are involved in. I do not have the million or billion in our bank account.

But, what I do know - is because of my inheritance from my Savior -  I do have wealth beyond my dreams.

And this wealth I have received from Him has and is changing me.  To be more of Him and less of me.  To use His wealth for His Glory.  To spread it to those who are "poor" - as I once was. 

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