Friday in the Second Week of Lent

Joint Heirs with Christ

The lie which Satan sold us in the Garden of Eden was that we could and should stand in the place of God. Do we aspire to a place that is not rightfully ours and miss out on the great blessing which God freely gives to us? Jesus told a parable about workers who would kill the rightful heir of a vineyard and steal his inheritance:

But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance (Matthew 21:37-38)

The brothers of Joseph were jealous of him and wanted to kill him. Why must we attempt to steal that which God will freely give to us? We cannot be God, but we can be joint heirs with Christ Jesus.

How do we become a joint heir? We can accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Then we can follow him by trusting in God through all the circumstances of our lives. This is what Joseph did in Egypt. Joseph was falsely accused and thrown in prison. Nevertheless, Joseph accepted his tests and trials, but remained obedient to God, trusting in God to vindicate him. As a result, Joseph became second only to the king.

God has a high place for those who put their trust in him and follow him. We are to become joint heirs with Christ through his shed blood. There is no greater position in all the world!

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