Friday, February 19, 2010

Inheritance Informer

Perhaps like me, you allow your mind to be the cinema of many make believe stories. One I have crafted over the years is the scene where I, the leading character, hear a knock at the front door. Upon answering I am greeted by a short man who proceeds to read a lengthy legal document. The pages inform me that a long lost deceased relative has bequeathed a huge sum of money to me. I feign a bit of sadness but can hardly conceal the elation I feel at collecting this untold wealth. When do I get to collect? What do I need to do? Is there any proof I need to bring to collect? I just want to grab this little inheritance informer and hug his sweet self! At last I come out of my cinematic coma and into real life. No inheritance informer is at my door and I haven't received anything huge lately except a property tax bill.
Wait just a minute! I am sadly mistaken. I remember the day that an inheritance informer came my way in the form of a preschool director. While interviewing me for a teaching position at a church program she asked me if I was saved and going to heaven? My answer was that I was a sinner going to hell. Just months before a priest in the confessional booth had told me my plight with no way of escape. Trust me, I had searched for ways to escape doom but no one I met had the answer. My informant, a.k.a preschool director, told me of a Savior who died for my sins. There was a forgiveness that took away my sin. The Savior, Jesus Christ, secured me an inheritance of eternal life collectible upon admission of sin and acceptance of pardon.
In the theater of my mind little attention is given to the inheritance informer. In my real life story without the informant I would have remained ignorant of my heavenly inheritance and my earthly delight.
I have to ask myself these questions, "Who am I trying to inform of their inheritance? Who needs to hear about the riches that belong to those who are in Christ? Who needs forgiveness and pardon?" Quite frankly I meet people who fit in the category of my questions every day. I have already received my portion of the inheritance. I need to become an inheritance informer. Acts 28:18 says," To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me (Christ)."