I am to be the only inheritance the priests have. You are to give them no possession in Israel; I will be their inheritance. (Ezekiel 44:28)
God makes this divine declaration throughout the Law of Moses to His priests, the Levites, who were to be supported by the tithes given to God and by their portion of the offerings that were made to Him. God ordained that His priests would not receive a tribal territory, as the other tribes of Israel did, for He alone would be the Levites’ prized possession and their incredible inheritance, and He would provide for their every need as they served wholly unto the Lord.
There is great comfort in this word for us today because we, as the people of God, are a “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). The priesthood of all believers is a foundational concept of Christianity that was reclaimed during the Protestant Reformation. Having been chosen and set apart by God, just like the Old Testament priests, we are to offer “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). Our privileged status makes us heirs to the kingdom of God; in other words, God Himself is our inheritance.
Take careful note of this truth: unlike an earthly inheritance, which is passed down after a person dies, we have immediate access to our incredible inheritance—not only daily, but moment by moment. Regardless of what you have in the here and now, you will not take any of it with you when you go. But in God’s economy, your true inheritance—your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—is not only available to you, He is with you. And so we cry with the psalmist, “Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing” (Psalm 16:5).
So let me ask you this question: Have you been living in the light of this truth? The beating of your heart will give you the answer. What does your heart beat most strongly for in your life right now? Does your heart beat for the stuff of life . . . or for your Savior, who gave you life?
Ephesians 1:11 assures us that “In Christ we have obtained an inheritance.” Some Christians limit their understanding of this inheritance to eternal life in heaven with Jesus and all the saints of God, but as glorious as that assurance of eternal life is, there is much more to it than that. Your inheritance includes everyday life and every spiritual blessing imaginable: You are forgiven . . . you are redeemed . . . you are a new creation . . . you are adopted into God’s family of faith . . . you have been given a purpose to live for and the power to accomplish it.
In a word, your inheritance is incredible! Let this truth set you free to live the life God has called you to live today, right now, right where this finds you.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!