Day 3: Identity – Our Inheritance as His Children

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Day 3 Identity - Our Inheritance as His Children

When I became pregnant for the first time, my husband and I had a lot of fun spending hours considering all different kinds of names for our baby.  We knew that if it was a boy we wanted a strong, masculine name that was somewhat unique and not overused.  If it was a girl, we wanted her name to be dainty and feminine – something you could imagine a princess being named.  (At least that’s what mattered to me!  I doubt my husband was thinking about princesses!)

When the time came for us to find out the sex of our baby we already had our names picked out.  So when the ultrasound tech announced to us that it was a boy, I said to her, “His name is Hudson.  Hudson Cole Faria.”

My baby was no longer just “Baby Faria” anymore.  He had a name. He had an identity. His name, was the indentifying marker that reflected he belonged to us. His first name would reflect his own personality, and his last represented where he came from.

As the months continued until his arrival, my husband and I worked busily to prepare our home for our new little man.  One of my fondest memories was setting up his nursery and collecting all of his clothes!  I couldn’t wait to give him a wonderful home and life.

Our son possessed so much when he came into this world, simply because he belonged to us.

When I saw him for the first time in the hospital, my heart was overflowing with love for him.  I had never seen something more weak and vulnerable.  There was absolutely nothing he had done to earn my love, because there was nothing he could do.  He simply was my son.  And that was all that mattered.

It is same way when we become children of the Heavenly Father.  We are given His very own name.  Our identifying marker is that we are His!  But not only do we get to bear His name, we also receive an incredible inheritance from Him.

Ephesians 1:11-14 says, “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory.  In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.”

These words are beautiful and poetic.  They speak of high and lofty things.  But what do they mean for us here in our everyday moments?   

I believe that one of the greatest challenges for us as humans is being able to connect the eternal, spiritual realities of the Bible to holding significance and meaning for our temporal lives here on earth.  This is why so many Christians lack passion in their relationships with God.  They struggle with understanding how He connects to their present reality.  Of course we know that when we are saved we get to spend eternity in Heaven, but how does God make a difference here today?  Is this inheritance simply something to look forward to in the future?

This is essentially what this series is all about!  We will be learning how to connect the unseen to the seen.  This inheritance that God has for us, is not just awaiting our arrival to Heaven, God has incredible riches for us here and now!

Unfortunately many assume that the riches He promises us here will include things such as wealth, or that our every desire will be met, or that we will have freedom from physical pain.  While God can and does sometimes bless us with these things, the riches that He promises us are eternal blessings that will sustain us through whatever life circumstance we are in.

This is of far greater value than anything temporal we could ever receive!

Because here is the thing-

Even though our lives here are momentary, our souls will go on forever.  And unless we are grasping hold of Christ, everything else will just crumble beneath us. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says, “For this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.  For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

With all the pain, confusion, and loss there is in this life, we need something solid to cling to!  We need today to take hold of what is lasting.  As His children He gives us access to every spiritual blessing, (Eph. 1:3), redemption, forgiveness and the riches of His grace, (verse 7).  In light of eternity, what more do we need?

But here is what I want you to really focus on.

The most important, tangible gift of our inheritance that we possess is the Holy Spirit.

 God does not just give His children spiritual blessings, He gives us His very self.  And those blessings that we do receive flow directly from the Spirit.

The word spirit in itself suggests something other worldly and is a hard concept for many people to wrap their heads around.  However, the Holy Spirit is the person of God actively living, moving and speaking through us and to us.  We are not left alone to figure this life out!  Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows Him.  You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:16-17

This holds so much meaning for us today!  What love our Savior has for us that He did not leave us alone here!  Instead of looking to our own strength, wisdom, abilities, or inner goodness, we can look to God Himself who is living inside us and speaks to us through His Word.  He alone is the source all true peace, healing and strength.  He alone can enable us to do what is right.

I cannot think of a greater inheritance.

Reflect and Respond

Ephesians 1:11-14 says, “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory.  In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.”

If you are a Christian, you have been adopted as God’s very own child.  Have you really let that sink in?  You are not defined by your personality or actions.  You have been given His identity.  What does it mean for you today that you don’t have to do anything to attain this status?

Think about the Holy Spirit.  Because of Him, you are never alone!  How does knowing this make a difference in your life today?  Are you grasping for temporary things or for the eternal blessings He gives?

This post is the third post in a 31 Day Series titled, Discovering How God Makes a Difference.  To read the rest of the posts in this series click here.  

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Want to get the most out of this series?  Try journaling through the challenge questions and daily verses!  Pray and ask the Lord to open your eyes to the ways He is seeking to transform your life. 

Feel like sharing how God is making a difference in your life today?  Let us know in the comments!  We can all learn from and be inspired by each other!

 

 

6 thoughts on “Day 3: Identity – Our Inheritance as His Children

  1. I love this and I love your heart. It sounds like God has had/has you in a similar place as what He has been revealing to me over the past year…like even with exact phrases of ‘making the unseen seen’ and ‘who does God say I am’! You definitely have to keep posting and sharing your heart…you may not have a big audience now but your words are definitely pointing to God and He will absolutely use that! Keep on keeping on my new friend ;) (and the fact that you just ‘got your blog set up and jumped in’ is so not obvious…the blog looks amazing! Mine still needs some work and development in the appearance dept lol) Blessings!:)

    1. Oh my goodness, Erin! You are too sweet! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and for the encouragement! It totally made my morning! It’s so exciting to connect with others and see how God is working in our lives in similar ways! Thank you so stopping by!

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