Valuing Your Inheritance

Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. Some of you were like this; but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
“Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be brought under the control of anything. “Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods,” but God will do away with both of them. The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-15 from Holman Christian Standard Bible®)

I think that one thing Yahweh loved about Jacob was that Jacob recognized the value of the inheritance of promises that Yahweh had made to his family. It caused him to live his life as if the inheritance was of supreme value.

Manifestations of the Kingdom of Heaven are sometimes within our reach to interact with them. Some are future, some require special circumstances or unified human actions to be accessible. We can’t see the Kingdom until we are born of God. We can’t enter in without being born of God. We can’t inherit authority in it while wasting our lives in stupid activities like those Paul listed in the letter quoted above.

Finding rules won’t get us into the right place for inheritance. Following the Spirit of the King does. If everything is permissible for me, like Paul said was so for him, I am not responsible for finding a good set of rules. I am responsible for laying down my old man and taking up the new set of values that are established by the King of Glory.

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