Your Inheritance (Joshua 12-15)

 14 Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel. Joshua 14:14

Imagine if you received a legit phone call from a lawyer who informed you that a distant relative had left you as their sole beneficiary of their wealth. At first I am sure you would be skeptical as if it was a scam. But let’s assume after investigation you discovered it was all true. So you call the lawyer back and you ask, what do I need to do to receive the inheritance. The lawyer responds, there is only one stipulation.

For a moment there is a pause and then the lawyer says, the long lost relative stipulates that you have to climb Mount Everest before you can receive the inheritance. At this point, the words of Jesus could come to mind, “we must count the cost” to see if the climb is worth it.

After counting the cost you realize this inheritance is worth it, so you begin to climb.

In our focal text for the day, Joshua was dividing the Promised Land between the 12 tribes as God was directing. As I read through those chapters it became clear that part of the land had already been conquered, but much the land was still to be conquered. God was saying, all this will be yours.

God said, “I will win the battle myself.” 13:6

God was saying, all you have to do is obey Me. God said, I will do the rest. Brothers and sisters does God’s call for our obedience seem like the difficult task of climbing Mount Everest? Take a moment and consider your answer. For Caleb the answer was no. Here was a brother whose story (14:6-10) was of a man who loved the Lord and wanted to wholly follow the Lord.

For Caleb the inheritance was the added blessing of a life blessed with the opportunity to walk with God who had saved Him and had keep him in faith and strength. At the age of 85 Joshua was ready to claim what God had placed before Him.

I must tell you that just like Caleb and Israel, you and I have received a call from our Lawyer (Advocate, Jesus Christ, I John 2:1-2). He has said, I have an inheritance awaiting away (John 14:3). He has said, I want you to wholly follow me along the path of life (Matthew 6:33). At the end the inheritance will be greater than you can imagine (Rev. 21). The question is, is this life of faith worth the cost?

I can say with all my heart, yes it is!!!

I place two questions before you today:

  1. Do you desire Heaven’s inheritance? If you do, consider laying aside all worldly pursuits. The journey to Heaven is greater in value when you are not sidetracked or saddled with the trinkets of this world.
  2. Are you at a place where you are struggling for purpose?

God has a greater purpose than you can imagine. I challenge you to consider the teaching of Paul:

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men,[a] who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. II Tim. 2:1-10

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