What is your heritage and how do you despise it? Heritage is the status, conditions or character acquired by being into a particular family or social class. It is something that passes from one generation to the next. As a Christian, your heritage by virtue of belonging to the family of Christ is a great one. David in Psalms begins to give us an understanding of what our heritage is. He says, “the LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage”. 1 Peter 1:3-5 sheds more light. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”.
Just as David said in Psalms 16, the Lord God is our inheritance and we are His heritage. The first thing we receive as a member of the family of God in Christ is God Himself. He is our Most Important Inheritance. The Prophet Joel in prophesying said in Joel 2:17, “Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?” And David also in Psalms 94:5 says “they break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage”. This is further confirmed in 1 Peter 5:3 as Peter admonishes the elders of the church not to behave as “being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock”.
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Unfortunately, most people are not aware of this and this ignorance is quite costly because they end up despising their heritage almost without even knowing. An example is Esau in Genesis 25:30-34. The story goes thus in a brief; “And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: and Jacob said, sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright”. Of what profit is your heritage as a child of God? I ask you because Esau asked Jacob this and it is something you need to settle ahead of time before the need ever arises. Will you sell your birthright, your heritage as a child of God when things get tough or because you are hungry? Will you despise God and do whatever you like because of the quick pleasures of this world? What can a man give for his soul, scriptures asks? What can make you give up your salvation and heritage as a child of God, a child of the Maker and Owner of the heavens and the earth and all that is in it? What can you sell this for? Sin? The Devil? You decide.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 8:31-39.
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Hebrews 12:16-17 speaking of the end of Esau says “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears”. My prayer for you and I today is that we shall not fail of the grace of God, His benevolence and lovingkindness to despise Him in any way.
Finally, how do you despise your heritage in God? I will mention two. First is by despising His word and commandments, not doing His will, doing whatever we like even when it is against His word, taking His instructions and advice for granted. These people the scriptures call mockers and scorners. Isaiah 5:24 says ”therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel”. 2 Chronicles 36:16, “But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy”.
The second one and last for today is by despising Christ. Hebrews 10:28-31 “He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”.
I say this not to put fear into your hearts but for us to be aware. God calls us to salvation by His goodness. His goodness is what leads us to repentance. Romans 2:4 says “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” I pray again, that you will make it a date with Him as you repent sincerely from the heart.
God bless you and do have a great week.
I love you, sincerely.
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