The Last Mile of Our Journey
You received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father…’ Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. Romans 8:15, 17 (NIV)
The Holy Spirit will communicate the love of God to you as you anticipate your inheritance. Have you thought about how rich you are in Christ? “All things are yours, whether… the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God” (1 Cor. 3:21-23).
You may feel right now that your life is going nowhere. Listen to this story written 150 years ago by John Newton, the former slave-ship captain and the author of the great hymn “Amazing Grace.” He tells this story:
“Imagine a man in a horse-drawn carriage on his way to receive a million-dollar inheritance in New York City. Just outside the city, the wheel on his carriage breaks and he has to walk the last mile. What would you think if all the way there he grumbles because his carriage is broken?”
In Christ, we are on the last mile of our journey. The new heaven and the new earth are ours. You are already secure in the Father’s love. If you can see that, it will transform every step along the journey. You will find joy in the journey as you anticipate your inheritance.
It is the special work of the Holy Spirit to deliver you from fear by communicating the Father’s love to you, so that with freedom and great joy you will come to love him. Believe the gospel! Commit to his will—whatever the cost! Anticipate the glory of your inheritance!
How much does your inheritance in Christ shape the way you’re living today?