While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 19 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day thirteen with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to a glorious inheritance.
Called To a Glorious Inheritance
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
Ephesians 1:18-19 (NIV)
Have you ever inherited something? Was it something you were impressed with, or not? Why? What would you do if you were to inherit a fortune or substantial piece of property? Would it be possible to keep it a secret? Why? What is the longest you have had to wait for something that you were expecting and looking forward to? Was the wait worth it? Why? How does hope keep you looking forward to what is still ahead? How does this calling of God strengthen the hope you live with each day?
Many people are fascinated with stories of ordinary people who are left a fortune by a relative they didn’t even know they had. I suppose such stories give hope that perhaps they too could inherit such a windfall. Yet none of these stories will ever measure up to the glorious inheritance each of us is called to as a child of God. This inheritance doesn’t come from an unknown relative and it isn’t the result of chance. It is a promise from God to both those who are near and those who are far off, that all would draw near can look forward with a confident hope that they too can share in His inheritance.
As you pray about the inheritance you are called to, ask God to fill you with the hope of glory. Pray that you would find comfort in the day to day struggles of life as you live with confidence in the glorious inheritance to which you are called. Pray for a greater awareness of God’s love as you share with others about how they too have been called to share in this inheritance from God. Pray that God would help you to hold fast to the hope you have in Jesus as you look forward to His return.