“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and
that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1:4.
A man worked his entire life and during that life
accumulated much wealth. The man’s life reflected how great a businessman he was
and what a wonderful father and husband he had been. He helped many people along
life’s way as he advanced up the ladderof
success. Sometime during that climb and accumulation of wealth he devised a plan
to distribute his wealth to his children. His wife died as a young woman when
their youngest childwas
twelve years old. The man never remarried but remained devoted to his wife and
sweetheart of his youth. He finished raising his children on his own. He sent
them all to college, and after college they each went their own separate ways
pursuing their own personal dreams and ambitions. The day finally came that God
took their father home. After the funeral all his children met with the lawyer
who had handled their father’s affairs for years. They sat around a large
mahogany table in one of the many conference rooms at his office building
awaiting the reading of their father’s last will and testament.
The lawyer began to read the will,first
describing in complete detail their father’s estate,all
his holdings, then laying out what the parameters were for each of the children
to inherit their full and fair share of their father’s extensive and awesome
empire. Their father’s holdings were vast indeed; much of the wealth of the
estate was in property,literally
millions of pristine acres, huge forestsand
miles of beach front properties. Of course there was also their father’s
corporation which was a formative fortune 500 entity. The corporation itself
also had a very impressive amount of holdings. Among other things this vast
amalgamation of holdings consisted primarily of huge high rise buildings in some
of the greatest and wealthiest cities on earth. The father’s corporation was an
umbrella for many smaller corporations all of which held vast amounts of
liquidity. The lawyer continued with the value of the holdings and the children
were astonished. They had no idea their father’s empire was so vast. He never
let on just how huge his business had grown over the years. He was always there
for the children as they were growing up and through good times and bad he never
failed his children; he was always the loving father.
The children themselves went through times of rebellion as
most children do. Their father loved them and never gave up on them no matter
how rebellious they became. As they grew up they grew out of that adolescent
stage and into other stages of rebellious attitudes. Even now as adults, well
into middle age, they still didn’t fully realize just how hard it had been on
their father while they were growing up as he was trying to raise them and care
for them and love them all the while continuing to direct the daily affairs of
his corporation. He never complained to them or anyone else but continued
steadfast in his duty to them.
Their father’s lawyer finally reached the last page of his
will. A figure was given as to the total wealth of all his holdings. It was
broken down and divided by the number of children he had. Not one of the
children was to inherit more than another. They were to receive equal amounts of
the divided empire. After all, their father loved them equally never showing
favoritism one over another. They grew up with equal amounts of his love and
each of their material needs were, from the beginning of their lives,always
fulfilled exactly the same as their siblings. The opportunities that were
afforded them were also equally handed to them as they reached different ages.
The children themselves never had anything to contend about when it came to
their fathers love or when it came to their needs.
The children did argue though. Now and then one would feel
unloved or less loved than another and ultimately arguments would ensue. This
type of bickering went on during all the years of their youth and even spilled
over into their adult lives. These selfish attitudes hurt their father deeply.
He would always interject some great wisdom and do everything he could to dispel
their misconceptions and their fears.
Now as adults, having been given everything their father
could give to mold and develop their mental attitudes and outlooks towards the
world and each other.
But there was dissention in the ranks. The oldest brother, being the eldest son,
protested that he should receive the lion’sshare
of their late father’s holdings, and the daughters bickered over what hadbelonged
to their mother, things that their mother held dear they both wanted and were
quite willing to fight over. The youngest son was completely willing to adhere
to his father’s final wishes for he loved his father more than anything else and
wanted so much to honor him now even in death as only he had done while his
father was alive.
The father made one stipulation to the inheritance and that
was that each individual child would need to say yes to his one final request.
It was simple and easy, and involved no works on the part of the children, none
at all. Just say yes to their father’s final decision on the distribution of
wealth. Any and all of the children that said yes wereto
immediately receive their assigned inheritance. The children’s father put a
special clause in his will that stated, “My children’s inheritance can never be
taken away, it is theirs forever”. That’s the security given by the father that
no one or nothing can take away. On the other hand, if his children would not
say yes to their father’s will and if they decided to contest his last will and
testament believing there to be many other ways the inheritance could be divided
and distributed, they would not be allowed to partake in the inheritance at all.
The youngest son was completely in his father’s will,
simply by saying yes to his father. But the others continued to bicker and argue
over petty things, such as the stipulations were too easy, there weren’t enough
restrictions involved. They believed each child needed to prove him or herself
before becoming worthy to inherit any part of their father’s empire. Those
children who missed out on the inheritance of their father have passed that same
bickering attitude on to their children and what has happened to the descendants
of that wonderful father is they have missed out on a most excellent blessing
and tremendous inheritance because they just won’t believe in the way the father
set it up.
That father’s life story ends on a somewhat depressing
note, most of the children were too self willed, self absorbed, self reliant,
and to consumed by popular lies to enter into the ease of their father’s final
pleasure. They never came to an understanding of just who their father really
was and how much he loved each of them. They were blind to the simple truth.
The father of this story is fictional, but his love for his
children is an allegory of God the Father’s love for us. Everyone can
enjoy an equal portion of the inheritance if they will only believe in the way
God set up the Kingdom. Our Father sent His only begotten Son to become the only
way of entering His Kingdom. All the bickering about all the different paths and
works involved to reach that kingdom are folly. Jesus Christ is the way the
truth and the life and no one can come to the Father but by Him. None of His
rebellious children shall enter into His rest unless they accept His final
This is God’s truth and it’s simple to understand and to
follow. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved. For with the heart man believeth, and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation,” Romans 10:9, 10.
Why? Again, simply put, “For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16.
Honestly people, could God have made it any simpler?
Absolutely not! The people came to Jesus and asked him, “…What shall we do,
that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is
the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent,” John 6:28,
29. This would have been a perfect opportunity for Jesus to make it known
that not only belief but works gets you into Heaven. But He didn’t because there
areno works involved in
Just like the fictional father above and how he made it
simple for his children to inherit his vast kingdom; God devised an effortless
way for all of us to inherit His.
“Believe on Him whom He has sent” Just in case you still
don’t get it, the One He sent is Jesus Christ.
God bless you all,