'God and... the word of His grace... can build you up and give you an inheritance.' Acts 20:32 NIV
Alrighty, then. Inheritance, me hearties. Rolling in gold dubloons as diamonds tinkle down the marble steps of our multi–floored mansions. Sorry! Let that idea be marooned on a desert island while we look at what Jesus had to say about our inheritance. ‘In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.’ (John 14:1–3 ESV) In Jesus’ time, guests would be ‘received’ in a room by their host. But if there were too many guests, and not enough rooms, the guests would be turned away and the host would never get around to welcoming them. Jesus’ words in the verses above are a great comfort—they are often spoken at funerals and deathbeds, and not without reason. They’re our inheri-tance as Christians. Simply: ‘where I (God) am, you will be.’ You won’t be turned away and He won’t have too little time to get round to you. It should build you up today, too. God’s warm welcome is part of the everyday that you can’t always see. This is the gift passed down to you from our Father—you are never alone, never abandoned even in a seeming absence. Your hospitality is part of how other people see God’s welcome. Welcome someone into your home and make them a meal—preferably someone you don’t know greatly (but trust to invite over!) If you don’t live by yourself, spend some time planning how you might make it happen.
SoulFood: 1 Sam 16-17, Matt 24:15-25, Ps 102:12-17, Prov 17:7-10
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd