Discover God's Character E-Devotional
Living as an Heir of God
“Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are His child, everything He has belongs to you” (Galatians 4:7).
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to receive a letter informing you that you were the heir to a vast fortune? Perhaps you have dreamed of inheriting a sprawling mansion filled with exquisite antiques. Or maybe your choice would be a gleaming sports car or a priceless art collection.
Most of us have fantasized about suddenly coming into a large amount of money. Yet each of us has received a letter promising an inheritance far more valuable and enduring than any material wealth.
This letter is the Bible. We are God's heirs, not because of our own righteousness, but because of His grace.
Chinese writer and minister Watchman Nee recounts a time when a new Christian came to see him. The man was deeply distressed. "No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord," he complained. "I think I'm losing my salvation."
Nee replied, "Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen I have a son, a baby son. He makes a mess, he throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he is a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog; my son is my heir. You are God's heir because it is for you that He died."
As heirs, we have inherited God's riches and the promise of blessings. Because God is faithful we can stake our lives on an eternal inheritance.
Your View of God Really Matters ...
You are God's heir. This truth is revolutionary. How will you let this truth affect your life today?
Because God is faithful,
I will trust Him to always keep His promises.
Learn more about God’s character at Discover God, a ministry of Campus Crusade.