Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reward of Inheritance

"Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve" (Colossians 3:24, NASB).

I love morning runs, because there are less distractions. There's a great morning air, and things can be quiet if you get to go before traffic picks up. After about ten minutes in, I feel like I can get into a "zone" so to speak. It is just easier to get into the finish when I reach this, as it becomes easier for me to focus and keep going. As believers, where is our focus? Where are our eyes? We have this relationship with God that lasts forever. All because of grace. Now, I think that's a finish line to fix our eyes on.

Inheritance. This inheritance is our reward. What is it? The word itself is commonly known today as something that is passed on to someone else in your family - like a treasured vase or a piece of furniture. In this case, we are reminded that as believers, God has accepted us into His family. As we have put our faith and trust in Christ and what He has done, we know we are forgiven and called God's children, His sons and daughters.

He is glad to welcome family in. We are able to be near God and have this restored relationship with our Creator, forever - longer than accomplishments, physical health or any possessions we may have at the moment. Our King welcomes those who trust in Him as their heavenly Father.

Whom do we serve? As people who put our trust in God, the Lord is the One we aim to serve. Earlier in Chapter 3, we can read how we are to "set our mind on things above" (Colossians 3:1-4). God is is love and cares for the world (John 3:16-17). He stands for truth and yet has this amazing mercy. He is the One who saves, revives, and guides us.

So, we live for the One who rules over all the tribes, tongues and nations; the One who is just and sent Jesus to pay the price we owed for our wrongs on the cross; the One whom offers forgiveness and invites us to be a part of His family - forever.

Lord, thank You calling us sons and daughters. As we serve, help us keep our eyes on bringing honor to You. Thank You for being our Creator, Redeemer, know, we could go on and on. We love You. In Your great name, Amen.

Check out the song "Your Great Name" by Natalie Grant:

Study based on the workbook HeartCall: Women Sharing God's Heart (Jaye Martin, 1999).