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Praise For An Inheritance

May 16, 2014

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23, 24 ESV)

I have often thought of this verse as being a reminder that we ought to not work for earthly things, that the heavenly reward from The Lord ought to prompt our full attention.

To think thus is to miss the whole point of what an inheritance is. You don't earn an inheritance, it comes to you because of who you are and what your Father has done. The verse itself is in the context of thinking in terms of self-sacrificing love, always considering others better than ourselves.

Jesus, I have worked in vain, thinking to be paid in terms of my earthly efforts. Forgive me, such labor was self-serving and utterly wrong in the face of this truth. All the reward I will ever need has been fully and securely bought and paid for by your precious blood. Thank you for such a priceless gift. Help me to work to serve others in joy and selflessness in celebration and adoration of your love for me. In Jesus' beautiful and perfect name, amen.