Jesus’ Inheritance

March 4, 2008

In the previous post, I brought up John 5:17, where Jesus says, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working,” but I haven’t yet spoken of what I believe He meant. We are to be at rest, and the Father is to be at rest in us, yet we are also to do the works befitting of love. Is this a contradiction? I don’t believe it is, for we are not to only focus on our inheritance, but in Jesus’ inheritance. We do not have an inheritance apart from what Jesus will be given, and therefore we ought to be more diligent in seeing Jesus receive the fullness of His reward, for it is His birthright.

We ought to put His desires first, and not that we may receive more, but that He may be given what is due Him. Should anything be withheld from Him? Is He not worthy of our all? He gave His life for His enemies that some might turn to Him in love! But as it is written, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” (Rom. 10:14-15); we must be found contending for a sending!

Though I am very afraid of street preaching and of evangelizing (I am very much an introvert and a bit of a recluse) – and I’m sure that I’m not the only one – we really ought to be *more* afraid of *not* speaking. If by our words we will be judged (Matt. 12:37), then it follows that by our lack of words we will also be judged. The tongue was likened by James to a bit in a horse’s mouth, to the rudder on a ship, and by a small fire with the ability to spread into a much greater fire (3:3-5). Sometimes a ship needs to make corrections, but sometimes it needs to stay on a straight course. And I would consider myself, like the tongue, to be “a little member”, able to cause either perfect order or awful destruction. Jesus, tame my tongue!

Father, I *so* desire to be a chosen vessel of Yours to bear Your name “before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15)! My passion is the be “a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for [You,] Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Tim. 2:21)! The fear of the Lord is ever within me, as I take to heart Your word, that we teachers “shall receive a stricter judgment” (Jas. 3:1) – that it is not enough to know of You, or even to know You intimately; no, we must be obedient to walk out what it means to be Christ followers (cp. Matt. 25:1-13; 1 Pet. 2:21).

Holy Spirit, work mightily through us at the parade outreach, that Jesus would receive His full inheritance, not just in those who love Him, but in those who *will* love Him by our words! Speak through us on that day, in Jesus’ name I ask. Amen.

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