Your Inheritance

15 March 2013

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of sitting down with two friends (a married couple) for lunch, during this time we shared what was going on at our churches and in our own hearts it was an awesome time of fellowship. The husband then began to share how he works as the youth ministry leader and how he was trying to prepare the kids to evangelize. He explained how so many of the kids are anxious to share the Good News with their friends and families – so he decided to do a Q&A session just to see what exactly they were prepared to share. The funny thing was that he only had two questions to ask the kids and I thought that was hilarious – and surely they would get it right. So he goes on and says I ask them:

1. What is salvation? and 2. How is it received?

Hopefully I got this conversation right, if not it’s just a small matter of detail. Essentially the basis of sharing the Good News is sharing knowledge of what it is and how it is received. I have been a Christian for many years now but even I at one point struggled to answer questions about my faith. I know God knew this because I constantly found people that wanted to ask me questions about it. I was a big ball of sweaty nerves but answered to the best of my feeble ability and then later thought of how much I could have said. I think as a believer what my friends’ husband said is truth. How can you be prepared to share the Good News if you yourself do not have a healthy understanding of what it is? Am I saying that as a believer you will know everything or always have the right things to say? No. What I am saying is that one thing remains the same and that is Salvation and how we receive it – like Christ it’s always the same and unchanging. According to the Good News Christ came, died and did what we could not do. So are you wondering what Salvation truly is? Do you want to know how to receive it? 
Let’s just look at the definition of Salvation:

sal·va·tion  [sal-vey-shuh]
1. the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.
2. the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
3. a source, cause, or means of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
4. Theology. deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption.

So because sin put us in debt with God, and because we obviously could not possibly repay him for all the wrong that had been done, Christ laid down his life for us so that we might have a relationship with God (Galations 2:16).  So what is Salvation? It is Jesus’ death on the cross, which paid for our sins to make us right with God. By his death we have been delivered and redeemed – which is way he is called our Savior.  

10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,‘The stone that you builders rejected    has now become the cornerstone.’12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:10-12 NLT

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How do you receive Salvation? Well think of Salvation as an inheritance – someone has died and you seek to gain from their death. I know this does not paint a very rosy picture because no one wants to profit from someone else’s death. However a life was given for you – as a gift, there was nothing either of us had done or will do to make us deserving (Ephesians 2: 8-9). Just like any other inheritance once said person has died you weep, mourn, and grieve but eventually you have to make the decision on whether you choose to claim your inheritance or not. The same goes for Salvation, Christ has already died for you and me, the only thing else you have to do is believe and receive to be saved from the debt of your sin. Come to Christ in prayer to repent, ask for forgiveness, and request that a change be made in your heart.

When you receive Christ his Holy Spirit begins to live in you, to help give you the strength and courage to lead a Christian life. You are now free in Christ and have given him the contract over your life, you have now agreed to live for him, you have now received Salvation, you have now been Saved.

With that being said I do not know anyone who would give up their pet let alone their only son to save someone’s life. Yet God has done that for you and me, he’s given us a free gift (John 3:16) – he has left us an inheritance. Will you claim your portion?

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1 comment:

  1. I've been struggling a lot with my faith recently; I don't feel like my relationship with God is where it should be... I feel "lost" if you will. I'd love to talk to you about this :)


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