The following is an excerpt taken from David’s upcoming book, “The Mighty Man of Valor: God’s Definition of Masculinity”:
– Galatians 3:29 –
“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed,
and heirs according to the promise.”
You are in Christ, redeemed by His work on the cross. Therefore, you are an heir of all that God promised to Abraham. In Genesis 12:2, God said to Abraham, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” The origin of our inheritance is the covenant promise that God made to Abraham. We, as joint heirs in that covenant, are part of the “great nation” which was to be blessed by God.
Now bountifully available to us is: Blessing that overtakes us, blessing in the city and in the country, blessing over our children, blessing over the produce and increase of our belongings, blessing wherever we go and from wherever we come, blessing on our storage, and blessing on all that we set our hands to do, abundance in all that we own, victory over the evil which comes against us, plenty to give and needlessness to borrow, power to increase in wealth, favor and fruitfulness, peace on our property, and peace when we sleep (Deut. 8:18,28:2-11, Leviticus 26:6-9). What I have just listed is only a handful of what God has promised.
But remember this: We are blessed in order that we may be empowered to bless others (Genesis 12:2). Blessing is not for you, but for others. For “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). True blessing cannot come except by generosity. We are to be generous in all of our earthly resources.
But most importantly, we need to be aware of the spiritual blessing we have received. Ephesians 1:3 says that we have been blessed “with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.” Meaning: whatever exists in heaven (“blessing in heavenly places”) is what has been made available to us. God has given us the ability to distribute the realities of heaven to the world around us. Miraculous healing, peace, joy, unconditional love, etc…all those things are intangible qualities that exist in heaven and have been richly given to us as tools to better represent the Kingdom where our true citizenship lies.
As royal emissaries (Revelation 1:6), our job is mimic the grace and liberality of the King we serve. Analogously, Christ has sent us into this world with the riches of His kingdom taken directly from His royal treasury, and He has commanded us to freely give what we’ve been given. And what we have been given is not merely for our sake, but for the sake of the world.
– Matthew 10:1,7 –
“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.”
“ ‘And as you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of God is at hand.” Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.’ ”
Jesus has gifted us with the power to dispense the riches of healing, deliverance, consolation and encouragement, restoration, etc. The kingdom you’ve inherited is defined by the deposit of the Holy Spirit within you (Romans 14:17, Luke 17:21), which has granted you the ability to be a fountain of blessing to the world around you (John 7:38). God’s kingdom—your inheritance—is not just a place. It’s not a paradise reserved for you in heaven one day. It’s power within you. It’s a factory within you that’s there to produce and distribute God’s power and love all over the world. The Holy Spirit has made you a vessel of God by which He pours out His blessings upon the world. The kingdom of God is an indwelling of the Holy Spirit that enables you to live like heaven here on earth. God has blessed us ultimately with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power by which we are enabled to do what Jesus did. Our inheritance is an armory of heavenly equipment that we use to destroy the works of the devil here on earth. Our purpose has always been to be images of Christ on earth, so God gave us our inheritance to accomplish this task. We are blessed for this purpose and this purpose alone. It was never for our own comfort, but for the salvation of a world enslaved by the devil (Acts 26:17-18).
– Ephesians 1:11 –
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”
God does not bless us so that we can sit back as fat and happy Christians who bathe in riches while the world crumbles around us. God has given us His blessing for a reason—for a purpose. That purpose is to effectively fulfill our calling as representatives of Jesus Christ and witnesses of the goodness of God and the power of His Word. Every blessing of our inheritance is given for the purpose of enabling our fulfillment of the call of God on our lives. We are called to be His ambassadors and His witnesses, and He has blessed us with an abundance of spiritual provisions so that we would be effective in our mission of representing Jesus in this world.
For example, prosperity in the area of finances is often labeled by most religious doctrines as being selfish or greedy. But God has said that He wills for us to have an abundance of finances so that we would abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). God wants us to be abundantly blessed so that we can be an abundant blessing to others. And by being a blessing to others, we reflect the generosity of a Father in heaven to who loves us. Being blessed in every area of our lives makes us a more effective minister of God’s love.