Refusing Your Inheritance

While a student at Yale University, Eugene F. Suter, Jr.’s father died, leaving him an estate of $400,000. When Eugene refused the inheritance, the trustees of the estate insisted he take it, and even took him to court to force him to accept the money.
In an unprecedented case held in New York City, Judge William T. Collins reluctantly ruled that the young man had a legal right to reject the $400,000. The order legally cut off the 22-year-old student from all future interest in the family fortune, leaving him without income.
You too, my friend, have the opportunity to be an heir. What you will inherit makes $400,000 insignificant. What is it? You will inherit “eternal life” (John 10:10), The Lord God has seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6,7).
Peter describes our inheritance as “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4). Imagine a place without sin, without disease, without sorrow or pain, and without death. Heaven is God’s gift to all who will freely take of it and serve Him.
There can be no greater blessing in life than to know we are children of the living God, fellow-heirs with Christ, who one day will be glorified with Him (Romans 8:14-17).
How sad it would be to lose that inheritance. We do not know why young Eugene refused his inheritance, and we may never know why someone today would refuse to be an heir of God. One thing is for sure, the one who refuses an inheritance from God is immeasurably poorer. Indeed, he is without hope altogether.
The Lord is offering to you an opportunity to live with Him forever as His child and His heir. Don’t refuse it, embrace it with love and devotion. You will never be sorry.

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