Today I had the privilege of attending our local ANZAC Day service - it was a moving experience as the community gathered to honour the men and women who have given their lives to protect and ensure our freedom. As I watched the veterans lead the parade, followed by a new generation of Servicemen and women, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for their selflessness and bravery for my benefit. As the names of the fallen from WWI and WWII were read aloud, I was humbled that these men had died so that a generation they would never know could be free. I was reminded today, that I enjoy freedom because someone paid a price for it; because men and women continue to be willing to pay a price for it.
The commemorations caused me to ponder afresh the blessing of inheritance and the challenge to like those we honoured today, be someone who leaves a legacy. An inheritance is a gift - when you receive an inheritance, you receive the benefits of what another has laboured to establish. It costs you nothing, but it may have cost them everything. An inheritance is what I am given, a legacy is what I choose to build; what I choose to lay down my own life for.
Every inheritance will either be squandered or built upon - and the extent to which we realise and draw upon the riches of our inheritance will determine the reach of the legacy that we ourselves build for the coming generations. In Ephesians 1, Paul prayed this:
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
Paul had spent the preceding verses listing all the varied and incredible blessings that God has given His children - that we are chosen, made holy, adopted, forgiven, included in Christ, that we are given the riches of grace and so much more! And he is now saying, God help them understand the fullness of all these blessings; help them grasp this inheritance that they have to live out of, the hope that should mark their lives and the power that You have given them!
Jesus died to give us each and every one of the blessings Paul lists and to gift us the most incredible of all inheritances - He died so that our souls could be set free from the curse of sin and death. He died so that we could be free on the inside. But He also died so that we could have all the resources of Heaven to stay free and to bring that freedom to others.
Every day men and women around the world continue to give their lives for others; they continue to lay down their own rights because they believe in something bigger than just themselves - they believe in the yearnings that God has placed in all of our hearts for peace, for freedom, for unity. The believe in these things enough to take action and as a result they are legacy leavers.
Our inheritance, our internal freedom cost Jesus everything - the challenge for us is what are we doing with what we have received?
I don't know about you, but I want to live for more than just myself, I want to leave a legacy worthy of the One who gave us our freedom. I hope that you will join me in praying Paul's prayer so that we can truly understand our incredible inheritance and use it to build something beautiful for the generations yet to come.
Live today with purpose,
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