Since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17).
Imagine receiving an email one day informing you that you’re the last remaining relative of a wealthy king. You have never met this man, but if it turns out to be true, it means you’re now the heir of a great fortune. Your financial troubles are over.
Sadly, these emails are rarely (if ever) true.
But what if there’s an even better inheritance set aside for you? One that would put any earthly kingdom to shame? One that would solve more than just your financial troubles?
That, my friend, is true.
The moment you are adopted as a child of God through your union with Jesus, you become an heir to His glory. Your name is written into God’s will, right next to Jesus.
It seems rather pointless for God to have a will though, doesn’t it? After all, He is eternal, so why would He need to dictate where His stuff goes after He dies if He’s never going to die?
That’s why this will is different: It’s tied to your life, not to God’s.
In other words, this will kicks in when you die.
But here’s where it get’s really good: You’ve already died.
As one who has trusted Jesus, you’ve been crucified with Him. The old you is dead. The new you, however, was resurrected with Christ and is currently seated in Heaven. Which means you’ve already received your inheritance.
The riches of God’s glory and grace are available to you today.
This is great news, because, as the second half of this verse warns us, life won’t always be all rainbows and kittens for those who follow Christ. We’re going to need God’s help to get us though.
But we can trust that He will always give us what we need. Why?
Because He already has.