What’s Included with Your Ticket

God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

–Psalm 73:26

Did you know you’re rich? The Bible says if you’re a Christian, you have a great inheritance. In Colossians 2:2, Paul prayed the Colossians would “[attain] to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding.” When you have an assurance of your relationship with Christ, you realize just how wealthy you are. Here are five things the Bible says you have inherited:

  • God–Psalm 73:26 says, “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” The word translated as “portion” literally means “inheritance.” God is your inheritance.
  • Jesus Christ–In John 17, Jesus prayed, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us. . . . I in them and You in Me” (vv. 20–21, 23). Jesus Christ is in you.
  • The Holy Spirit–Ephesians 1:13–14 says, “Having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance.” You don’t have to beg to receive the Holy Spirit; you received Him the moment you were saved.
  • Salvation–Peter wrote that your inheritance includes “a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). A portion of your inheritance is going to be distributed after you die, and that is a brand-new body free from sin and suffering.
  • The kingdom of God–In Luke 12:32, Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”

Sadly, many Christians live like spiritual paupers. We don’t understand the wealth that is already ours, so we’re timid in our relationship with God. We’re afraid to ask God to do big things for us. We’re paralyzed by guilt. We don’t think we can ever break free from sin. We’re like the man on the cruise ship who was eating peanut butter sandwiches because he didn’t realize his ticket included an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Look at your ticket and see what’s included in your salvation. Peace of mind, power over sin, and victory in temptation are all yours because of what Christ has done for you. That’s the benefit of having an assurance of your relationship with Christ.

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Today’s devotion is adapted from “The Value of Assurance” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2011.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

 

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