If you found out you had an inheritance, would you just pretend it didn’t exist? Or would you ask around to find out what your inheritance was?
As God’s children we do have an inheritance. Unfortunately, so many of us don’t know that there are promises attached to being God’s children. And the inheritance that God desires to give us is far better than any inheritance we could ever receive upon this earth.
It’s not money. It’s not even material goods. Instead, it’s an everlasting inheritance found in Christ. When you study the Bible you learn that this inheritance is made up of unseen things that can only be seen with the eyes of faith and love.
Do you know what God’s inheritance is? For Him, it is us. We are the wages he has earned just as Jacob told Laban he does not need wages, just the speckled and spotted sheep or those that Laban saw as imperfect. We are the imperfect sheep that God desires. And in God’s eyes we are just what He wants because He is our Shepherd, just as it says in Psalm 23. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
Christ Our Inheritance
Our inheritance is Christ. There is none so perfect as our Lord. None so full of love, beautiful, majestic, and who understands all of our weaknesses because He became like us. This God “makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” What great promises for us his inheritance.
Christ Our Shepherd
Many have found so much peace and joy in this one Psalm. And as we see in these verses, as a Shepherd of his flock Jesus cares about His sheep. He doesn’t take off and run away when the wolves or lions come, like he declares in John chapter 10. No, Jesus stays near to the flock. We are guaranteed protection and guidance from Him. In fact, Psalm 23 declares God’s commitment to guiding us into the paths of righteousness. So, we know that we cannot follow righteousness except by Him. His Holy Spirit teaches and guides us in following Christ. We are His sheep. We need Him to be our shepherd.
With the Shepherd There’s Rest
This is what makes the first verse of this psalm so beautiful: “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.” This means that Jesus brings us to a place that is safe where we can rest and eat. Wherever He is, we are safe. The green grass and pastures are for rest and eating His word. But mostly for rest. “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.” Maybe we have to heal from wounds. Maybe we have been on a long journey through the wilderness as sheep and we need rest. Maybe we have been physically sick and we need His rest. Maybe we just need time with Him. But with the Shepherd we get to experience rest.
With the Shepherd There’s Peace
He leads me beside still waters. No matter what is happening around me I know that I am at peace in Him. He brings me calm. The world is in chaos and people can be in an uproar. But I find my peace in His calmness. In other words, we can rest in the green pastures of the first verse and find calm with Him by still waters in spite of whatever is happening around us. This is because our peace is not dictated by our environment, but by the one leads us. We have peace because we know who made the world and who rules the world and all of nature. Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:7,11 “The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.” We need to fix our eyes on Jesus and realize that the God of Jacob is our refuge. When everything is raging, even if the earth is being removed, we can trust in God.
With the Shepherd There’s Restoration
After rest comes restoration. Psalm 23:3 says, “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” God restores us in Him and He does it to bring us closer to Him. The closer we are to Him, the easier it is for Him to lead us on the paths of righteousness for His glory and for His name’s sake.
With the Shepherd There’s Nothing to Fear
Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” We are reminded again that we are sheep like those of Jacob, redeemed by Christ. He won’t let us out of His sight. So when we find ourselves having to go along some scary high ridges, or down into valleys that are dark and maybe full of death and darkness we can cling to the shepherd Jesus Christ. His rod and His staff lead us along carefully so that we don’t fall, get lost in a valley, or get trapped in some bramble. In fact, when we stay close to the shepherd we aren’t as likely to get mauled by a lion or a wolf. That’s why his rod comforts us.
With the Shepherd There’s Anointing
In Psalm 23:5 we are reminded that “You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” Shepherd’s pour oil on the heads of sheep for two reasons: 1) to prevent sunstroke and 2) to prevent parasites. The oil flows down into the crevices around the sheep’s ears, eyes, and nose to prevent flies, flees, and other insects that can make the sheep sick or even potentially kill it.
Here we see that Jesus Christ our shepherd anoints our heads with the oil of the Holy Spirit to protect us from the perils and parasites the enemy may use to kill us. It is God’s care that keeps us whole and protects us from the snares of Satan.
Joy in Our Inheritance
Psalm 16:5-6 says “O Lord, Your are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot and 6: the lines have fallen to me in pleasant places, yes, I have a good inheritance.”
Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Thank God that Jesus Christ is our inheritance!! We in Him we have rest, peace, restoration, nothing to fear, anointing, protection, care, mercy, and His goodness. In other words, true joy is found in the inheritance of Jesus Christ. Receive Him in your heart today!