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Collect your inheritance

By Pastor Nora Mendyk
United Methodist Church, Grant

A prospector was out digging for gold, expecting to strike it rich. The banker from town had a hard time finding him, but, find him, he did. He had an important message to give him:
“Sam, you have been given an inheritance from a relative of yours. So, you need to come to town to claim it.” Sam didn’t believe him. He had no rich relatives of which he knew. So, he didn’t go into town to claim his inheritance–he just kept on digging. How sad. Sam missed his inheritance because he didn’t think it was for him.
The same can happen to us. We can miss our eternal inheritance if we think certain messages from God’s Word don’t apply to us because they just don’t make sense. Take the Beatitudes for instance; they are seemingly contradictory. (Matthew 5:3-11)
Perhaps we need to re-think these seeming contradictions, or we will be like that poor, broke prospector thinking “Nah, that’s not MY inheritance.”
Jesus lays it all out for us. Our salvation depends upon receiving Him as savior. Our being His disciple depends upon having the attitudes described in the Beatitudes. Be these attitudes and you will be rewarded beyond measure.
The first attitude is “poor in Spirit.” “Blessed are the poor in Spirit for they shall inherit the earth.” Be the attitude that doesn’t put confidence in your own achievements, but upon what God does with your efforts for Him.
“Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” When you mourn, you care deeply about the person you miss. You long for them. Mourning in the kingdom of God means being deeply distressed at the causes of cruelty, injustice, and perversion in ourselves and culture. This kind of mourning takes us to a different level.
We can no longer walk by a house where we know drugs are being used saying, “What losers!” Instead, you mourn their loss to addiction, pray for them, and have compassion. Your love for them is deep and won’t let go. Be this attitude for all of us in the grip of sin. Be mournful over those who cannot yet see Christ.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Being meek does not mean weak. Meekness is a humility that requires discipline and self-control. Its power comes with an assurance that God is in control.
“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Hunger for right living. Thirst for right relationship with God and others who practice justice and right living rather than unrestrained worldly behavior.
“Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy.” Be-merciful means entering into another’s problem with understanding and acceptance. It’s what God did for us through Christ. Jesus identified with humanity and our suffering. We give mercy because we have received mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” Have singleness of purpose–to will one will. Serve only God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.” Work for peace within ourselves and others. This kind of peace with God has power beyond the world’s bogus strength.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake for theirs is the kingdom of God.” When we live out all of these ways of being, when we are being these attitudes, others will respond in one of two ways; repentance or rejection. We have no way of knowing as we live these beatitudes how we will be received. But, we have the assurance that we have God’s inheritance when we do.
‘Being’ these attitudes is not for sissies. It requires strong character and constant connection with the one who lived these attitudes here on earth. “Being” these attitudes shapes true kingdom builders whose rewards are in the kingdom on earth and in heaven.
Make sure you collect your inheritance.