How to Claim Your Inheritance
By Rick Warren
“I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32 (NIV)
Are you a follower of Jesus? Do you read the Bible? If both those things are true for you, then you have an inheritance coming.
The Bible says in Acts 20:32, “I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (NIV).
An inheritance is something that’s rightfully yours, just for being part of a family. But, to enjoy the benefits of that inheritance, you have to claim it.
Imagine your parents were billionaires. You’d be foolish if you never took the time to read their will after they died. You wouldn’t get what was rightfully due to you. You wouldn’t benefit from what belongs to you as their child.
When you become a follower of Jesus, you’re not just a believer—you’re a belonger. You become part of God’s family. And all the family privileges come along with that—including a spiritual inheritance.
But it’s still possible for you to walk through your entire life and not know what benefits are available to you as a child of God. To choose to live that way is sad—and foolish.
God wants you to know what’s available to you from him. He wants you to receive your spiritual inheritance. And, to do that, you need to read the Bible.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (NIV).
The Bible helps you live out God’s purpose for your life. It thoroughly equips you for what God has made you to do. That’s your spiritual inheritance. Here are four things God does through Scripture to pass on that spiritual inheritance:
- He teaches you—God shows you the path on which you should walk.
- He rebukes you—God shows you when you’re off the path.
- He corrects you—God shows you how you can get back on the path.
- He trains you—God shows you how you can stay on the path.
As God teaches, rebukes, corrects, and trains you, you will become equipped for the life God has planned for you. You will be able to claim and enjoy your spiritual inheritance!
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