It’s my birthday y’all…. and this year I just wasn’t too excited about it; and if you know anything about me, its that I LOVE my birthday. I had a few weeks of deep contemplation about what I wanted my next year of life to be like. Here ‘s what i’ve been pondering on the last little while.
Have you ever thought about the word inheritance and what it means?
Recently, the subject of inheritance has seemingly been all around me. This summer, Disney released the live action version of The Lion King. There is a scene in the movie where Mufasa (father) has a conversation with his son, Simba. He explains to him that everything the light touches belongs to them and that one day Simba will inherit all of it. Watch the full scene ( from the original Disney motion picture film) down below:
What does it actually mean to inherit something? Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word inherit as, ” : to come into possession of or receive especially as a right or divine portion”.
Simba didn’t have to do anything to receive what Mufasa had to offer him. He was told that it belonged to him just becuase he belonged to Mufasa. It was his right as Mufasa’s son to inherit all that Mufasa had..
Hmm… think on that for a minute.
I was raised as an only child and I am my mothers only biological child. My sibling(s) on my father’s side are much older than me and so I grew up always knowing whatever my mother had, and most of what my father had would one day become mine. I didn’t have to do anything to earn it. My only job was to be born into the particular family that I was. It is my rightful place to one day take possesion of the things they have promised me.
I think I see a trend here….
Let’s look biblically for a second. The story of Abraham is a great depiction of inheritance in direct corelation to us. God promised Abraham that if he followed His lead ( Genesis 12: 1-3) left all he knew behind he would bless him in ways that he couldn’t even imagine. God made a covenant with Abraham when he was old in age (75) He, at the time was childless and God promised him that he would sow an heir and that his descendents would outnumber the stars in the sky. (Genesis 15: 5) Abraham would become the father to genrations of people who would go on to inherit the promised land.. and in latter days, inherit the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Abraham didn’t have to do anything except follow God’s direction to inherit all that God promised to him.
That’s so relatable to us today and our relationship with Jesus. God sent His son (Jesus) as a sacrifce, to die on a cross just for us! We didn’t have to do anything to be worthy of such a sacrifice. The benefits of this sacrifice are eternal life. if we just take the step to join the family of God, wholeheartedly, all He has promised us is ours for the taking.
All He asks of us in return is to love Him and to serve Him in spirt and in truth.
Belong: We belong to God
Be in a Family: Through Jesus we are a part of the family of God
Follow: Follow Jesus to inherit the kingdom of God and in turn eternal life
I was visiting with some friends a few weekends ago, and we were having some pretty deep discussions. We began to discuss how we often doubt God and all He has promised us. My big bro turned to the group and said ( paraphrasing ) ” Why do we act as if the inheritance isn’t ours?”
That was like a big slap in of reality in my face. A staement that was so simple , took on a very profound meaning for me. For too long I have “known” that all God promised me, belongs to me, but never have I really taken the time to examine what that really means and BELIEVED IT!
Why am I worrying about trivial things when God already has my inheritance waiting on me? Why am I doubting that what is for will always be for me? Why am I becoming frustrated with the timing of the inheritance’s delivery?
Because I am a fleshly human, flaws and all!
But, this year I’ve decided to walk in my inheritance! It’s already mine so I need to act like it! Everything that God has promised me, I’m claiming it this year! This is the time that my faith gets stronger and deeper and I stand with arms and heart wide open ready to receive. It’s time to live in the overflow of my inheritance.
I must admit, I was not excited for my birthday this year. I am coming off of a few years where God has really been stretchng me and grooming me and pushing me and pulling me and…. you get the drift. It’s been a season of growing pains. But after this conversation, a fire has been light under me to once again start speaking blessings over my life! Year 34 I’m claiming victory! I want the blessings of Abraham to flow all over me!
( This one of my favourite songs! It’s so appropriate for this post and I’m about to make it my theme song for this entire birth year! Anytime I start to lose sight of my inheritance, I’m going to through this on and worship all doubt away 🙂 )
Pray for me y’all (cause the devil stays lurking!)
I hope everyone has a blessed day! I’m off to the airport!! Let the birthday celebrations begin!
God bless you all!