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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”—Revelation 21:7 (NKJV)
If you’ve ever gone through the process of preparing a will or trust, you know that a lot of interesting questions and emotions come into play. “What does the sum total of my life amount to on paper?” “Is that it?” “Is that enough to help the loved ones I’ll be leaving behind?” “How far will it go to getting them to their needs and goals in life?” “Is there more I could have, or should have, done for their sake?”
Like I said, it’s an interesting process that gets you thinking in directions you normally wouldn’t! But I make mention of this because the verse above tells us that the one who overcomes will receive an inheritance beyond earthly imagination. So who are those who overcome? We don’t need to guess because the very man who wrote the preceding passage of promise also defined those who overcome for us in his first letter: “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5 NKJV).
Those who believe that Jesus is all He claimed to be—the sinless Son of God who came and died to remove the guilt of our sin—are those who overcome the world and who will inherit “all things” as God’s own children. John emphasizes this elsewhere as he begins his Gospel account of Jesus’ life: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12 NKJV).
If you fit that description, if you’ve received Jesus on His own terms, trusting in who He said He was and believing in all that He promised to do on your behalf; you have a share in God’s estate, which will be eternally inherited upon entering into heaven!
Here’s what’s so amazing about that: We don’t have to ask the same questions we ask concerning our earthly estates. There’s no lack, no end, no expiration of resources when it comes to the estate of God Almighty. The eternal Creator of all things can never fall short or run dry. Our future fortunes will be forever linked with His infinite fortune.
So when life on earth has you questioning your value or net worth, be reminded what’s awaiting you as a heavenly inheritor.
DIG: What awaits those who overcome in heaven?
DISCOVER: How do we define those who overcome? How might this change your outlook and decisions in the here and now?
DISPLAY: Are you living in the knowledge of your future fortune, or are you living for the fleeting fortunes of this world? Consider the things that dominate your mind and your bank statement. Evaluate which kingdom you’re most invested in.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.