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It would appear as heirs, we have a responsibility to accept both the suffering along with the blessings.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. (Proverbs 13:22 ESV)

Sitting in my basement is an antique rocking chair that my great-grandmother bought from a craftsman in Alberta, Canada. She – and every generation since – nursed and nurtured her babies in it, the finish well-worn from forearms resting heavy, sleepy heads. It’s not much to look at, but each mar and scuff sweetly testifies of maternal care and loving memories.

But, here’s the thing, it doesn’t hold just warm fuzzy nostalgia. It also holds dark secret moments of sanctification-stealing . . . and four generations of DNA. You see, underneath the unassuming, walnut finish lurks a vicious ankle biter. More than once, when losing a layer of skin, I’ve created a few new dance moves while biting my tongue, usually ending with me rolling around in pain on the floor . . . as I can only assume has happened to generations before me.

Do you have a piece of furniture that no matter how you position it in a room somehow manages to catch your ankle every time? Yes? Well, this is THAT chair.

It’s an inheritance that I had hoped to receive, and I’m both blessed and bemused by it, but it came with a price . . .

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:16-17 ESV)

It would appear as heirs, we have a responsibility to accept both the suffering along with the blessings.

Father, forgive us for identifying ourselves as one of Your heirs, embracing the heritage and stories from Your Word, but not willing to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. Help us to be mature in our walk with You and willing to accept whatever You call us to that You may be glorified. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

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