“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
Matthew 25:34 (ESV)
If you’ve ever received an inheritance, you’ll know that it’s a bitter sweet experience. It’s sad because it means that you’ve lost someone. It’s exciting because it means that someone thought enough of you to make arrangements prior to their passing to be sure that you would receive a portion of their estate.
Last year, I received an inheritance from my paternal grandmother. In her last years, I didn’t spend as much time with her as I would have liked. The majority of memories I have of my grandmother take place in one kitchen or another. My grandma lived in the kitchen. When I found out I’d be receiving a portion of her estate, I immediately began to think of how I would spend it. I wanted to honour the person it came from. Even though she’ll never know how the money was spent, I wanted to somehow have her stamp of approval. I bought my first new set of pots a pans. Nice ones. Grandma would have like them.
What do pots and pans have to do with the book of Matthew? Nothing. Nothing at all. But, like my grandmother made preparations for me long before her death, God has also made preparations for me. Only His preparations started long before I was even a twinkle in my father’s eye. God’s preparations for me started in Genesis 1:1. In the beginning.
From the very start, God had plans for me. Plans to prosper me. Plans to bless me. And this inheritance doesn’t even have an ounce of bitterness, because it’s a living inheritance. I get to take part in it now and for eternity. It’s not just from God, it’s with God.
Daily Bible reading: Leviticus 7-9, Matthew 25:31-46