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We Were Chosen By God As His Inheritance

There’s an interesting phrase that kids learn growing up. It’s “I’ve got dibs on that!” Its history is uncertain but it seems to have its origin in a 17th century game similar to the modern day Jacks game. Its origin may be unknown but the meaning of “dibs” is clear. It means to claim ownership of something. Everyone knows what “I’ve got dibs on the last piece of pizza” means!

Jacks game - possession as inheritance

Here is an encouraging principle from God’s word. Long ago God said, “I have dibs on you!”

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In the last few posts we’ve been looking at the spiritual blessings of being a Christian. The idea that we are God’s possession is one of those blessings. There are three places in Ephesians 1 where we are referred to as God’s possession.

Ephesians 1:11 – In him we were also chosen (as a possession)

Ephesians 1:14 – until the redemption of those who are God’s possession

Ephesians 1:18 – you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people

Earlier in Ephesians chapter one we noted the blessing of being chosen by God. The emphasis there was that we were chosen to be God’s children. That is wonderful by itself. This is a bit different. Here the idea is that we are God’s inheritance.

Although it might seem odd to think of oneself as someone else’s possession, it really is encouraging. Think with me for a moment about the idea of an inheritance.

  • An inheritance is valued.
  • An inheritance is personal.
  • An inheritance is important.

We sometimes think of the great things we will get when we get to heaven. That would be our inheritance, the many spiritual blessings we’ve been talking about. Here is a different and wonderful thought! You and I, all of God’s children, are something God is looking forward to as His inheritance!

The Father wants us.

The Father values us.

We are important to the Father.

Even though we won’t fully be His inheritance until the fullness of time, His care and concern for us is just as real today!

Are you going through your day struggling with the challenges of life on your own power? Life is hard. You are the Father’s. Turn to Him. Talk to Him. Pour your heart out to Him. He wants you to do that and He will help you.

What do you think? Please leave a comment or question below.

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Ward Cushman

My journey of faith started when I was nine years old when I realized that Jesus died and rose again to pay for my sins. At the age of thirteen I felt the call of God on my life for ministry.

I have been fortunate to work in the marketplace for over ten years and in full-time Christian ministry for over thirty years.

My passion is to teach God's Word in such a way that it is easy to understand and so that God uses it to bring about life change in those who hear it.

It is my greatest joy to see God work through me to produce fruit for His glory!