Inheritance - do you qualify?
In order to understand what our inheritance is, let us look at Colossians 1:12-14.
Colossians 1:12-14 ESV
Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
What qualifications do we need?
So often we think of qualifications when looking for a job. Do we possess what the employer wants? Have we the knowledge that is required to be chosen? When an employer looks at your CV they check for those qualifications that have been stated necessary for the particular post.
Imagine then if God did the same.
We are all seeking a place in the KIngdom of God. Do our CV's contain the correct qualifications?
I know mine does not.
How thankful am I then, that It is through God's Grace that my application is ripped up. He has qualified me "to share in the inheritance of the saints in light". I may have messed up my exam paper through a life of sin and selfishness, but God examines His people through Love. He allows us to re-sit, to re-acknowledge our failing and return to Him. To accept our inheritance.
That does not mean that I can become proud and ride on the back of God's Grace. Instead, I need to improve upon my qualification. To be that light that I have inherited. To radiate the Kingdom from within to the world.
Qualifications are outward signs that we have achieved some academic standing. They mean something to the outside world. We have not passed exams to inherit the Kingdom of God, but we do need to study in order to radiate the power of our knowledge. That understanding which flows from the intimacy of redemption. the forgiveness of sin. The awareness from reading the Book of Thankfulness given to us by our Divine Teacher.
Ultimately God's word lightens up His Kingdom within us. It explodes in bursts of thankfulness as we bow down to a Great God who deems us worthy through the sacrifice of His Son, to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Therefore, always look towards your Creator and remember that His qualification is the most important one you will ever need.
Finally, God has given you all that you need to accomplish the role He has for you. Your inheritance is in His hands.