The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. – John 3:35
Romans 8:17 Since we are his children, we are his heirs. Together with Christ, we are heirs of God’s glory.
4 But when God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,
5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
When a company is employee-owned, the employees have a direct stake in the company’s success. They share in the profits and benefits of the company and have a say in its operations and decisions. In this way, employee ownership can help to create a more engaged and motivated workforce.
Employee-owned means that a significant portion of a company’s ownership (more than 30%) is held by its employees. This can be achieved through various methods, but the most common is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), which grants stock in the company to employees as part of their compensation.
Employee ownership can also benefit the company. Employees with a personal stake in the company’s success tend to work harder and smarter and are more committed to its goals. Additionally, employee ownership can help to improve the company’s reputation and relationships with customers, suppliers, and the community.
The kingdom of God is, in a sense, employee-owned. A better characterization might be family-owned. When people accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, they become part of the Father’s Forever Family. We are de facto partakers and participants in the family business.
You may have never considered it, but the Father is actually in a totally unique and unparalleled business: redemption. He has a 100% market share in the redemption industry. He has carved out a distinct niche in redemption. No other entity can effectively compete with Him. The Father alone provides redemption. He has no real competition. His sole rival, the enemy of our souls, is in the anti-redemption business. He does everything in his power to prevent anyone from being redeemed.
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.
Through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, the debt of all our sins has been paid in full. This means that every one of us has the opportunity to be redeemed, forgiven, and welcomed into the Father’s eternal family and allowed to participate in and enjoy 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 canceled, and the glory inherited” (Barclay).
REFLECT & PRAY
Every child of the King is fully vested in the family business. They are the present and eternal possessors of untold spiritual wealth.
Father as I ponder the tremendous implications of my inheritance, I am truly overwhelmed. I am hardly able to take it all in. How can it be that You being You, would want me and adopt me into Your forever family? It is mindboggling, extraordinary, yet genuine. Thank You!
The Father gave control and ownership of His business to His Son. The Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of the Father, making Him the ultimate heir and owner of everything. However, the remarkable and awe-inspiring truth is that every child of the King is a joint heir with Christ. This means that whatever belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ partly belongs to us. Our inheritance is not merely a future hope but a present reality.
While an infant cannot write or sign a check, each child of the King possesses an unlimited account filled with eternal spiritual riches. This account is so vast that it cannot be quantified. It is a Googleplex, an almost immeasurable number that encompasses all the wealth and riches of creation.
As joint heirs with Christ, we have immediate access to this abundance through the Holy Spirit. As we walk in the Spirit, we can draw upon this spiritual treasure, which provides us with hope, confidence, energy, and vision. Through Him who strengthens us, we can do all things (Philippians 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? The Lord God Almighty is rich beyond all measure. He not only owns all that He created; He has the power to create as much as He wants.
What must children of the King do to partake in His riches? Absolutely nothing! Once we are reborn into His Forever Family, He generously bestows His vast wealth upon us. We are welcomed as heirs and integral participants in the family business.
Our only obligation is to place our trust in the completed work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. As children of the King and co-heirs with the Lord Jesus Christ, we receive an inheritance that surpasses all earthly treasures.
When the Father sent the Lord Jesus Christ to die for us, it was “the greatest revelation of God’s kindness and love for humankind. God took the initiative. God does not save people because they behave righteously but because He is merciful” (Constable).
© Dr. H 2023
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I’m sending this to my children. Most excellent.
Thank you I am so pleased this reflection is beneficial
Dr H…Question….on Todays Reflections …You wrote…” This means that whatever belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ partly belongs to us. Our inheritance is not merely a future hope but a present reality.”….why…”partly belongs to us”……thank U for your response…
He shares His inheritance in part. He alone will judge at the White Throne. We do not share that responsibility.
He alone is the King of kings and Lord of lords. We are not..
He does not share his divine attributes: infinity, omniscient, omnipotent, etc.
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