Most of us can relate to a repetitive commercial on TV where the cheerful, yet direct voice asks the listener, “What’s in your wallet?” — the whole premise of the commercial is to get you to buy into (no pun intended) a whole new twist on a old process to increase money, savings, and riches for you.
Then the commercial proceeds to tell you how this can be (so easily) accomplished. Of course their product is the only one offering that service, thus saving the day by giving you more funds for your wallet, so, the consumer must purchase what they are selling if they want to see those results.
This may be a very tempting solution to dwindling bank accounts during this time when many in society are struggling economically.
Instead of the commercial’s question “What is in your wallet?” let me ask you, “What is in your bank account?”
Is it bare or doing pretty good? Some of you might answer, “What bank account?”
This reminds me of the most valuable riches in the most important bank account.
Recently while reading some church history, I came across a true story of this tiny, impoverished church that was called into question by its government because taxes and monies were owed. After a great deal of time demanding, harassing and bullying this poor church, the wealthy government leaders finally demanded those in the church to gather all their riches and hand them over, or else they would face danger, torture and suffering. So, the small group of poor church members gathered up their meager riches and made the long trek to meet with the government officials.
In a complete act of cruelty, these officials did not give this group any refreshing after their long journey and certainly did not offer them any food or comfort from their weary travels, but immediately demanded the riches. The church leaders with boldness and steadfastness gathered up the riches and presented them to the government. The riches they had were five orphan children that were 10 times the worse with poverty and sickness. This church congregation spent every effort ministering to these children. And after gathering these orphans and delivering them to the government one church leader said, “These are our riches! These are jewels! These are our inheritance in our heavenly bank account in glory!”
For me, my heart’s burden is to be like these church leaders pouring out my life to another representing Christ by emptying my life for the sake of another.
How does one get from caring about earthly riches to heavenly riches? I am glad you asked!
It is through the Holy Spirit, regenerating the flesh through continual sanctification only led by the Lord.
Paul, one of the Biblical apostles, writes to the Christian believers in the town of Ephesus.
His purpose is to encourage the believers to exercise their hearts into remembrance of the truth of God; the truth of not trusting in the things of this earth, but instead trusting in the great value of wealth that comes from the riches of the inheritance of Christ.
Paul writes this letter, turned book in the canon of Holy Scriptures, in a specific time frame of unrest.
We can relate to “unrest” in our lives in this time and in multiple ways. Can’t we?
However, safe and comfortable reassurance comes from putting trust in the One who rules in great authority yet embraced those that are His co-heirs and equal in receiving His inheritance.
The phrase “in Christ” (or its equivalent appears about 35 times in this letter to the Ephesians. Then Paul talks about the Holy Spirit, the great comforter Jesus promised to leave to those who believe when he ascended to the Heavenly Father after his resurrection.
To know that in the midst of all our earthly problems those who follow Jesus as Lord own an overflow of riches stored up in heaven for eternity ... What great comfort!
Paul begins his Ephesians letter by describing the contents of the Christians’ heavenly “bank account” as he names off the specifics of the bank account:
1) Adoption = Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will (Ephesians 1:5)
2) Acceptance = To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
3) Redemption = In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7)
4) Forgiveness = The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7)
5) Wisdom = Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; (Ephesians 1:8)
6) Inheritance = In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: (Ephesians 1:11)
7) And the seal of the Holy Spirit = In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, (Ephesians 1:13)
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:14)
To obtain spiritual inheritance is to be rooted in spiritual wealth
1) What kind of bank account would you like to have?
2) Now that you know the wonderful great riches offered to you, will you accept this inheritance?
3) Will you trade the things of this world allowing them to fade and putting into priority the heavenly things?
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About the Author
Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). Founder of Deep Roots in Christ Ministries (based on Jer. 17:7-8), she teaches spiritual discipline courses, writes devotional articles in several publications, is a short-term missionary, prayer coordinator and chaplain. She graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Theological Studies (MTS). Simone serves in various areas at Church on Randall Place as well as her associational and state church denomination. Simone and her husband, Pastor John Lake, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their Border collie, Scout.
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