“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:9-12 NIV
Recognizing the joy of such a great calling to serve the one mighty king Jesus stirs me up on the inside. Knowing that I am qualified to share a great inheritance should also cause us great joy. Yesterday I saw a video where friends played a prank on a friend, giving them a fake lottery ticket. To see the excitement rise up in him was incredible, to only have his hopes deflated. :(. To see the joy fly through people as they discover they win something huge is quite amazing! Let us be as those folks discovering they have received a great earthly prize.
However, our prize is eternal.
Our prize is infinitely more valuable.
Our prize is guaranteed.
Let us not forget that we have QUALIFIED to receive it not by our own great works, not by chance as in a lottery, but because of God’s great mercy and the precious sacrifice of Jesus. We do not deserve this inheritance and yet we have been qualified anyway.
Today let us walk as ones who have been called to a greater purpose and live a life worthy through the power of the one who has gifted us.