Tim Johnson, editor
March 13, 2011
No Inheritance for You?
A recent television commercial pictures the scene at the reading of a will in which a wealthy man's wife inherits nothing. Her look of disappoint seems to convey great despair that all her hopes and expectations have been dashed. Her son however is overjoyed to receive a subscription to a satellite TV service. C'est la vie!
The judgment day will be somewhat like the reading of a will. Those who inherit eternal life will receive their portion with joy, but many who expect to receive something will be gravely disappointed to hear, "I never knew you; depart from me" (Matthew 7:21-23). It is truly amazing how many people there are in this world who expect to inherit eternity even though they are not the Father's children and have never known His son.
To help prevent us from being unpleasantly surprised in this way, the Scriptures contain a number of lists of sins that will prohibit a person from receiving an inheritance. If you think you want to inherit eternal life, you might need to carefully look over these lists of things that will definitely disqualify you from doing so. I've italicized, bolded and underlined certain words for emphasis in order to help us get the correct slant on what sin is, boldly warn us about deceiving ourselves in this matter, and underscore exactly who it is that will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Now, it might be that you have committed one or more of these sins. Nearly everybody has. The Corinthians certainly had, for in 1 Corinthians 6:11, Paul plainly says, "And such were some of you." However, he goes on to say, "But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."
If we are to have a realistic hope of an inheritance, we too must be washed, sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus. We must turn from Satan and his works and receive forgiveness for sins that would otherwise rob us of our inheritance. The Lord wants to give you a glorious inheritance. He wants you to turn "from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God" in order to "receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith&ldots;" (Acts 26:18). He died so that you could inherit glory. Make certain that you do.
The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start.
While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet the family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.
After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His face was wreathed in smiles, and he hugged his two small children and then gave his wife a kiss.
Afterward, he walked me to my car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.
"Oh, that1s my trouble tree," he replied. "I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again."
"Funny thing is," he smiled, "when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."