Numbers 18:20 God Is Your Inheritance

The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites.” Numbers 18:20

Getting an inheritance is the desire of a lot of people. This becomes even more true when a person’s parents are very wealthy. Parents will even often desire to set up an inheritance for their children.

Even though people do not like to see anyone pass away, they desire the inheritance. Many will fight over how much inheritance they get when there are multiple siblings.

God told Aaron that he would have no inheritance in the land, because He would be his inheritance.

Any inheritance received is meant to help those who are left behind after one passes away. It is a type of security on this planet among people. The inheritance of the world is only temporary and can wear out, break down, be used up, be stolen and much more.

While many people fight for inheritance, something that is only temporary, believers are not to focus on the temporary inheritance. Every person who has become a believer in Jesus now has an eternal inheritance that cannot fade, rot, be stolen and pass away. He gains God, the provider of everything needed, both now and throughout all eternity.

The receiving of food, clothing and shelter is good, but all are temporary and secondary to what Jesus provides. Jesus brings a person forgiveness of sins and provides eternal life.

Having the greatest physical inheritance that the world can offer is worthless compared to having peace with God, forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Believers must put their trust in God and rely upon His provision and not the temporary provision of the world.

Although you may be getting one someday or already have an inheritance from a loved one passing away, do not focus on that inheritance. Focus upon the inheritance that Jesus has already begun to give you. He will give you all you need and more from now throughout all eternity.

The inheritance of this world will only bring you temporary pleasure and then fade away. God’s inheritance will bring true life and will never fade away. Grab onto and hold onto what God has for you. Trust in what He has for you, rather than the temporary things of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that you will see what you inherit in serving God; and that you will trust in the inheritance Jesus has purchased for you.

Leviticus 23:42-43 Living In A Temporary Shelter

Live in temporary shelters for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 23:42-43

People who move across country will often stay in temporary housing until they can find a permanent home. Others live in temporary housing when they lose their jobs or homes due to difficult circumstances.

Very few will choose to live in a temporary housing outside of a dire need for it. In the eyes of many it is a sign that one is destitute.

God told the Israelites that once a year the people were to live in temporary houses for a time as a remembrance that is where they lived when they were brought out of Egypt.

It is very common for most people to believe that where they are living is a permanent home for them. Most people do not desire to move anytime soon, unless they are planning to purchase a larger home or change jobs soon.

Temporary housing has challenges, new address, new location, unknown changes and more.

Outside of physical housing, the majority of people believe that this earth is all there is, it is their permanent home and that there is nothing more. Believers are to have a different perspective on their home on this planet.

Earth is just a temporary home for the believer until he can step into eternity with God. The believer’s permanent home will be in heaven.

Knowing this, the believer can hold onto things loosely, knowing that something better is coming some day. Everything on this earth, including the home, will pass away, but the home in heaven will never go away.

No matter where you live or what your future plans are on this earth, it is a temporary living space. Do not allow yourself to get wrapped up in the physical things of this earth that will pass away.

Focus your life on the eternal things of God. Your permanent home will be far greater than anything this world can offer.

You cannot bring the things of this world to heaven with you, but you can bring people with you. Point people to Jesus so that they can also have a permanent home in heaven some day with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hold loosely the temporary things of this world; that you will live with eternity with God in mind; and that the return of Jesus to bring you home will be a source of strength and encouragement to live for God.

Revelation 18:14 Luxury Will Be Destroyed

They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ Revelation 18:14

Wealth and luxury are the things that the majority of the world strive to get. For many it is seen as a status of having succeeded successfully at something and have all that one needs. The more things that a person has, the more successful he is in the eyes of many.

Losing everything that one has is seen as a disgrace. Those who have lost everything are often asked what did they do that was wrong.

In his vision, John describes Babylon, a former wealthy and successful place, as being destroyed. All their luxury and splendor are gone forever.

There is nothing wrong with having great wealth. However, many make their great wealth and luxury their god, rather than just something they have and use.

All throughout the world people strive to gain more and more wealth. Dreams of large mansions and fancy cars are on the minds of many, though for most, completely out of reach. Feelings that once a person has all these things, he will be set for life, with no worries or cares left.

Much of the wealth and luxury that the world enjoys is built upon sinful practices that go against God. Along with being sinful, will also bring on many worries and concerns.

Every piece of luxury will someday be destroyed, either with wear and tear or by someone else. In the end God will destroy the luxury of this world in judgment against sin. Nothing will last the test of time, except the human soul.

Rather than chase after the things of this world, one must seek God. He must pursue the things that will bring eternal life and last for eternity.

Regardless of how much you have or how little you have, there is always more things out there. All of those things are only temporary and will be gone some day. God will destroy all the things of this world in the end.

Do not seek the things of sin of this world but put your focus and attention on the things of God. Build up the kingdom of God so that your reward will be great with eternal things when you step into heaven when God calls you home. Live for God, not self-pleasure.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek the things of God in your life; that God will strengthen you to resist the false luxury of this world; that God will guide you in fleeing from all sin; and that you will know the value and reward of following Jesus.

Colossians 3:2 What Do You Think About?

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2

Throughout the day there are many things that people think about. Depending upon what they are doing, will depend upon where their focus and mind is, money, bills, illnesses, vacations, pleasures, family, work, material things, and more.

Behind all of their day-to-day activities, many also have their minds focused upon dreams. Nearly everyone has something that they desire and many will spend a lot of time thinking about that thing and how to get it. Focus on these desires will often overtake other responsibilities and more important needs.

Paul points out that since a believer is now raised with Christ to a new life, he is to focus on things above, not the temporary earthly things.

While it is important to take care of the temporary things of life on this earth, such as jobs, bills, vehicle and house maintenance and more, there is a higher and more lasting priority of focus.

Everything physical in this life will break down, fade away and disappear at some point. Nearly all of these things will fade from the memory of most people shortly after it is gone. It is only in the here and now that they can mean anything, if anything at all.

Even though the believer is in this world and must take care of some temporary things, his primary focus must be more on the eternal things of heaven and God. A person may have all the physical things of this world, but if he does not believe in Jesus and have his sins removed, he will lose everything in the end and have only death left.

God has a mission for every believer. That mission will always have a focus upon eternity with God for himself and others. Believers must have a focus upon that mission that God has for him.

You have many things that you think about every day. Each one has a different level of priority in your life. While many of those things have some temporary importance to them, the greatest thing to focus upon is what God is saying and doing in and through you.

Instead of spending all of your time and efforts to gain temporary things, put your mind and efforts on the things of eternity and God. Jesus forgave you and saved you for an eternal purpose, not for temporary things.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will focus your mind on the things of God; that God would remove the lure of temporary things in your life; that you will have the mind of Christ in all that you think, say and do; and that you will know God’s mission for your life.

Galatians 4:18 Be Zealous For The Right Purpose

It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. Galatians 4:18

Being zealous is one showing great enthusiasm or excitement for something. Nearly every person has something that they are zealous about. Some are zealous about sports, or movies, or music, or clothing. Others get zealous about politics or religion, or philosophy.

Whatever a person is zealous about, they seek and push with all of their focus and abilities. It is what gives them energy and excitement. Some will use their zealous drives for good, while others use it for the negative.

As Paul talks about those following the law, he brings up about people being very zealous. He says it is good to be zealous, as long as the purpose is good and to be so continually.

It is very easy for a believer to be zealous about following God when he is around other believers. Yet, when alone or with non-believers, many drop their zealous push for following God. They allow themselves to fall into sinful practices and turn their hearts away from God. Often they become zealous about the things of this world, rather than the things of God.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He was zealous to do the mission God had sent Him to do. He pushed hard to spread the message from God for salvation of the people. He was so focused and zealous that He did not allow anything to detract Him from His mission, including death upon the cross.

Every believer needs to the zealous feelings that Jesus had. They need to strive with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength to do the work God has called them to do. Their zealous purpose must be the eternal, God-focused purpose, not the temporary, worldly purpose of this world.

At the very moment you chose to believe in Jesus, you were given a purpose by God to be on this earth. It is to be His witness and to worship God.

Instead of being zealous about the temporary things of this world, focus on the eternal things of God.

What can you do to build God’s kingdom? How can you worship God more? How can you encourage others to build God’s kingdom more and worship God more?

Be zealous for the right purpose in this life–God’s eternal purpose.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will be zealous to do God’s work; that you will be zealous to worship God more; and that you will be zealous for God at all times, everywhere you go.