The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. – John 3:35 Romans 8:17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, we are fellow heirs with Christ.
4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
A company is said to be employee-owned when its employees have a significant and broad-based ownership stake. An employee-owned company plan is more commonly referred to as an “employee stock ownership plan,” (or ESOP), but the name conveys the right message: In an ESOP, the employees are given stock in the company as part of compensation for working at the company, making those employees shareholders in the company.
It has obvious benefits for the employees, it is also advantageous to the company itself. When people own something, they take better care of it than if it is rented or leased. There is a pride of ownership and a desire to protect and maintain. Employees work harder and smarter. It is easier to develop a sense of family and unity.
The kingdom of God is in a sense employee owned. Actually a better description might be family owned. When people accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, they become part of the Father’s family.
We enter the family business. Perhaps you’ve never thought about it, but the Father is in an exclusive one-of-a-kind business. He alone has found a special niche that no one else can enter. He alone is in the redemption business.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Lord Jesus Christ paid the debt of all our sins so that each of us can be redeemed, forgiven, enter into the Father’s family and have eternal life. We “did nothing to deserve it; God, the great Father, in his amazing love and mercy, has taken lost, helpless, poverty-stricken, debt-laden sinners and adopted them into his own family, so that the debts are cancelled, and the glory inherited” (Barclay).
REFLECT & PRAY
Each of us is born in utter spiritual poverty. Yet through Christ, we are the present and eternal possessors of untold spiritual wealth.
Father as I ponder the amazing implications of my inheritance, I am truly overwhelmed. I cannot take it all in. The fact that, You being You, would invite me and adopt me into Your forever family is mindboggling, extraordinary. Thank You that is all true.
The Father gave control and ownership of His business over to the Son. The Lord Jesus Christ is the heir and owner of it all. But the marvelous, incredible thing is that each child of God is a fellow heir with Christ. What belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ in total, belongs to each of us in part. Our inheritance is not just a future expectation, but a present reality.
It is not possible for an infant to write or sign a check. But each of the Father’s children has an eternal account filled with spiritual wealth. In a sense, the balance of our spiritual trust fund is a Googleplex, a number so vast, it is almost beyond measure. It “includes all of the riches and wealth of the entire creation” (Cottrell). As joint heirs with Christ, we have access to this largesse treasure right now. In fact, walking in the spirit requires that we draw down from it continuously. It is the source of our hope and confidence, and also our energy and vision. We can do all things through him who strengthens us (Phil 4:13).
“Christians are men and women for whom the best is always still to be; they know that, however wonderful life on earth with Christ may be, the life to come will be greater still. Christians are people who know the wonder of the forgiveness of past sins, the thrill of present life with Christ, and the hope of the greater life which is yet to come” (Barclay).
Our Father is rich. How rich? Rich beyond all measure. He not only owns all that He created; He has the power to create as much as He wants. What exactly do we have to do, what work must we perform to earn a share in His wealth? Absolutely nothing!
All we have to do is believe in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. We become fellow heirs with Him and inherit a treasure beyond imagination or calculation.