“Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.” - Romans 8:17
In the arithmetic of planet earth, if multiple heirs receive an equal share of an inheritance, then each heir only gets a certain fraction of the whole amount. Heaven’s arithmetic is different. Every adopted child of God receives the full inheritance of the full estate. No one is left out and nothing is left out. Everything Jesus gets we get, and Jesus gets everything.
Jesus has always been the heir of all things. “In these last days God has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He appointed heir of all things” Hebrews 1:2. Because we have been adopted into God’s family, we are now co-heirs with Christ. This is the epitome of grace. Not only does God save us, He lavishes us with Christ’s inheritance.
Every person on the planet is in one of two places. You are either in Adam (the original sinner from whom we inherited our sinful nature) or you are in Jesus. You either live by the Spirit or you live by the flesh. You are either led by the Spirit or you are led by the flesh. Your mind is either governed by the Spirit or it is governed by the flesh.
Who are you? You are either a child of God or you aren’t. If you are not a believer, God is ready to sign your adoption papers. God is ready to free you from your sin and take you as His own child. If you are a believer, you are not your own - you belong to God. You are not on your own – the Spirit leads you.
Grace means that the Christian life is not you trying to live for God by your own will power; it is letting God live His life through you by His Spirit. In every decision ask yourself this question: “Who is leading me to make this decision and where will this decision take me?”
Father, Thank You for making me a co-heir with Christ. I do not deserve Your grace. Please help me to grow in my love for You.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.