Col 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
When my mother was a young child, she and her parents emigrated from England to Canada – twice – each time crossing the Atlantic by ship. When you do trans-Atlantic moves of house and home, you often don’t get to bring a lot of things with you. Consequently, my grandparents didn’t really have a lot of “family heirlooms” to pass on to us when they died. I like history and I am sentimental so I would have really enjoyed inheriting a trinket or two.
Recently, my mother was sorting and organizing for the purposes of downsizing when she came across such a wee trinket, that had belonged to my Nana, which she gave to me- a small china pot hand-painted with blue and yellow violet-like flowers . It also had a brass-coloured lid and a small silver-plated spoon. I thought it was either a jam pot or a sugar bowl.
Curious as to it’s origins, I did some online research using the information from the stamp on the bottom of the pot. It was made in England by Burgess Bros. of Longton and was part of their Carlisleware series made some time during the Art Deco period. To my surprise, I found out that it was not a jam pot at all but a mustard pot! (The English do like their hot mustard!)
I guess a little mustard pot is not much in the way of a family heirloom and it certainly isn’t worth anything as a valuable inheritance, but every time I look at it I am reminded of my beloved Nana and Mom and the adventures, trials and tribulations they experienced as they tried to make new lives in a new country.
While I may not have a monetarily valuable inheritance, my mother has passed on to me a treasure worth more than silver and gold, and that is the knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father and salvation through His son, Jesus. She also taught me how to forgive and how to love others, which is the “prime directive” of Christianity.
I tried to pass on this rich inheritance to my children but I know that I somehow missed the mark by teaching more about the “do’s and don’ts” than the truth that ” God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”(Joh 3:16) My children were young at a time when I myself didn’t understand the difference between “legalism” and “love”.
As I continued to search for “truth” and a better, deeper understanding of my Heavenly Father, I have come to understand the deep love that my Father God has for me. I have also found out that through faith in Jesus Christ, I have received an inheritance more valuable than all the riches of the world added together! In fact, I am a joint-heir with Christ.
Eph 1:11 in whom [Jesus] also we have been chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will,
Col 3:24 knowing that from the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance. For you serve the Lord Christ.
Heb 9:15 And for this cause He is the Mediator of the new covenant, so that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
So, what is the wonderful inheritance? Read Ephesians chapter 1 and you will see treasures such as:
vs.2 – grace and peace from God
vs. 3 – every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies (!!)
vs. 5 – adopted as sons and daughters of God (!!)
vs. 6 – acceptance
vs. 7 – redemption and forgiveness of our sins
vs. 13 – sealed with the holy spirit of promise
vs. 17 – wisdom and revelation
vs. 18 – enlightened understanding and hope
and of course, eternal life! Whew – what an incredible inheritance!!
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in Heaven for you
My prayer for you today is from Acts 20:32: “And now, brothers, [and sisters] I commend you to God, and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” In Jesus name, Amen.