Scripture of the Week

So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Heb. 6:12

How do the words “squandered inheritance” strike you? Sad , perhaps that what was passed down to a succeeding generation from hard work or creativity just became a wasted and unappreciated gift? Maybe you have already heard that some 70% of high-net-worth families lose their fortune within the second generation. Everyone, from titled royalty to barons of business, has watched their hard work and sacrifice wasted by heirs that simply could not handle the magnitude of their gift.

On a spiritual level, if you are a dedicated follower of Christ, you have an inheritance that is even more staggering. Christ’s sacrificial death gave you the keys to freedom from sins that would enslave you and you have been given power over every scheme of evil trough Jesus. Yet God’s rich children face a dilemma similar to great wealth inheritors on Earth; what to do with such an extravagant bequest?

There is no need to be overwhelmed. Your gift came with a lineage of people to show you how to put your resources to good use. Is there a particular Bible character or maybe a faithful person you happen to know who inspires you? You can learn from their life and actions and imitate them in your own way.

Remember, imitation is a form of honor in both the world and God’s kingdom. You can do difficult and holy things, but you do not have to re-invent the wheel in the process! Look and learn from those that have served God well in the past. The apostle Paul said, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

America is quickly losing its grip on the riches of the inheritance given by our founding fathers, squandering it away on any whim of fancy that comes along. Pray that Christians remember to not follow suit with their spiritual inheritance. Ask that citizens and leaders alike will invest God’s gifts and resources well to reach a hurting world with the testimony of Christ.

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