Incredible Inheritance

Early one morning, leaning on the balcony and looking at the Atlantic Ocean, I witnessed–for the first time–how rich I am. As the sun peeked over the horizon, rays of orange, red, green, blue, yellow, and indigo washed the sky and dyed the Atlantic a variegated bobbing blanket. That morning, God wrote a haiku and let me record it.

I bequeath to you

every sunrise I’ve painted,

all originals.

The psalmist says that every sunrise is God’s revelation of himself, reaching the entire world. 19:6 The Lord has given me new “eyes” to see that revelation, for each sunrise now reminds me of his power, his majesty, and his wisdom: his power that causes the earth to revolve around the sun; his majesty that sets every morning sky afire with shifting color patterns; and his wisdom that burns the horizon with controlled heat and light distances from the earth’s surface so we neither freeze or nor fry.

Creationists estimate the earth to be 10,000 years old. When we multiply that number with 365 days, we learn that God has spread his watercolor palette 3,650,000 times–and on the same canvas. The Master Artist of the universe has painted these millions of sunrises for his glory.

The light that dawns upon us is that, according to Ephesians 1:18, those sunrises are our inheritance as part of “the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” And they belong to us, for Romans 8:17 promises  that “we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” I’m really rich!

J. B. Phillips paraphrases Ephesians 1:18 as “the magnificence and splendor of the inheritance promised to Christians.” God is the glorious artist who continues sketching on his palette new sunrises and will continue doing so until he speaks the new heaven and new earth into existence. I long for the day when Christ will become my eternal sunrise. He paints for his pleasure, and we experience the pleasure of his magnificence.

So read your will, found in the Scriptures, to discover how rich you are in Christ. Everything Christ owns, you own! When you claim your inheritance, then you won’t live an impoverished spiritual life. You’ll know how rich you are!

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Meditate on your inheritance found in Ephesians 1:3-14 until Christ’s riches fill your coffers to overflowing.