Of Upside-Down Inheritances…

by Lester Young

This has turned out to be one of the finest days of your whole entire life! Good ole Uncle Herman – good ole rich Uncle Herman – has just informed you that he’s always been very fond of you; and to show you just how much, he’s remembered you (quite prominently) in his will.

“Ya know, I’ll be turnin’ the big 100 this summer, and I expect to see you at my party!”

“Why, thank you so much, Unc… you know I’ll be right there at your side!” […thinking to yourself as you rub your hands together: “Hey, how many more parties can he possibly have?” See where your mind has gone just that quickly? Shame on you! Understandable… yet shame on you. But I digress…]

“Yep! I know I’ll be pushin’ on from here soon, ‘cuz I been around a looong time. I’ve made a lotta money in my life… got a lotta stuff! And I wanna give it to you… ‘cuz you’s a good kid. You gets to have it just as soon as you die!”

“Thanks so much, Unc… I don’t even know what to say! (pause) You… …uhhh…, ‘Scuse me?!? Oh, you mean when you die, right?”

“‘Course not, kid… what’re you, ‘new’? I mean when you die! Whassa matter with you?!”

Now tell the truth: if good ole Uncle Herman told you that, you’d think his bib was on too tight, wouldn’t you? How could he ever figure that you should get your inheritance from him when you die? He’s the one that’s supposed to be dying and passing it on to you, right? I mean, isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work?? Ole Herm’s got it just a little bit flip-flopped.

And yet, how many of us – who know that we indeed do have an inheritance from our Father God (Romans 8:16-17) – think we can only get access to it after we die? Isn’t that just as upside-down as Herm’s thinking? Remember, this natural earth follows and reflects the spiritual – the heavenly realm (Exodus 25:40; Hebrews 8:5).

Now, certainly I’m aware there are some things – the vastly greater part of our inheritance, in fact (2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5; Ephesians 1:14, 2:7) – that we won’t be able to fully experience and enjoy until we take off this ‘mortality’ we’re currently in and get dressed up in immortality (1 Corinthians 15:53-54). But that should in no way be construed to mean our inheritance hasn’t started or isn’t yet in force; because once the owner of a valid will is confirmed to have died, the heirs of said will can legally take possession of what they’ve been given. And make no mistake: the shed Blood of the Testator has not only confirmed His Death, it’s also ratified His Will before the Highest Court in existence (Zechariah 9:11; Hebrews 9:15-17, 26).

God the Father came down in the Person of His Son Jesus to not only die for and free us from sin, the curse and death; but also to make us once more able to receive the full inheritance He’d planned for us all along (Genesis 1:28; Psalm 24:1; John 3:35, 16:15; Romans 8:17; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; Colossians 1:12). What we’ve tended to overlook, however, is the fact that this full inheritance doesn’t start “over there” on the other side. If you’re in Christ Jesus, it begins right here, right now! That’s why God gave us the “earnest deposit” of His Spirit as a down payment, a ‘good-faith’ distribution of the full inheritance He’s promised (2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5; Ephesians 1:14, 2:7).

God said all the earth is His – meaning ‘right now’ (Psalm 24:1). Jesus said, “All the Father has is Mine” – meaning right now (John 16:15; Luke 15:31). Paul told us that all things are ours because we’re joint heirs with Jesus – right now! (Romans 8:17; 1 Corinthians 3:21-22) The earth – right here, right now – is part of our Inheritance (Psalm 2:8). That inheritance doesn’t start when we die; it’s already started because He died (Colossians 1:12-13). And we were given that Earnest Deposit so we could walk like Him, talk like Him, think like Him, act like Him and overcome like Him (John 5:19, 8:28; 1 Corinthians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 John 4:4) – so we could fulfill our original Mandate to ‘replenish, subdue and have dominion over the whole earth’; because, remember, God never changes (Genesis 1:28; Malachi 3:6).

God needs His people in charge of things. Why? Just look around. He needs the people who utilize His Wisdom, and are compelled by His love and compassion, in charge of this world’s ‘stuff’ (Proverbs 4:7; Matthew 9:36, 14:14, 18:27; Mark 1:41, 6:34). He needs His people to be first-hand, personal-experience witnesses to the world of His exceedingly great love, grace and generosity (Acts 20:24, The Message). In a nutshell, He needs His people blessed so they can bless the world – because we’re the ones He’ll be using to get the Blessing to the world (Genesis 12:2-3; Galatians 3:13-14). And as those around witness with their own eyes God’s people bringing forth fruit abundantly – that is, blessed and prosperous in every area of life; spirit, soul and body – they’ll begin to give Him the glory as the ultimate Source of it all (John 15:8).

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