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)
Today’s divine declaration is frequently repeated throughout the Law of Moses, whenever God gave instructions for His priests, the Levites, who were to be totally supported by the tithes given to God and by their portion of the offerings that were brought to Him. God ordained that His priests would not share in the possessions that the other eleven tribes of Israel received, for He alone would be their prized possession and their inconceivable inheritance. He would provide for the Levites’ every need as they served wholly unto God. You might say that the Levites were “holy,” in the sense that they were set apart for God. Their brethren received land; the priests received the Lord.
There is great comfort in this word for us today because we, the people of God, are a “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). The priesthood of all believers is a foundational concept of Christianity; the Roman Catholic Church had drifted from this teaching, but it was reclaimed during the great Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century. Having been chosen and set apart by God, we, just like the Old Testament priests, are called 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 — to wit, 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 access to our inconceivable inheritance right now — not only daily, but moment by moment. Regardless of what you may possess in the here and now, you cannot take any of it with you when you go. But in God’s economy, your true inheritance, who is your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is not only available to you, He is with you always (Matthew 28:20). So we cry with the psalmist, “Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing” (Psalm 16:5 NLT).
Have you been living in the light of this truth? The answer to this question will be provided by the beating of your heart. What does your heart beat most strongly for right now? Does your heart beat for the stuff of this life? Or does it beat for your Savior, who has given you life?
Paul declared, “In [Christ] we have obtained an inheritance” (Ephesians 1:11 ESV). Some Christians limit their understanding of this “inheritance” to eternal life in heaven with Jesus and all the saints of God, but there is much more to it than that! Your inheritance includes everyday life on earth and every spiritual blessing imaginable (Ephesians 1:3): You are forgiven . . . you are redeemed . . . you are a new creation . . . you are adopted into God’s family of faith . . . you are given a purpose to live for and the power to live it out. In a word, your inheritance is inconceivable! Let this truth set you free to live the life God has called you to live — today, right now, right where this message finds you.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!