April 22, 2021

God’s living will

Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead. The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect.  Hebrews 9:16 & 17

A few years ago my husband and I took a trip out of the country. Before going we decided the responsible thing to do would be set up a Living Will. Not that we expected anything to happen but in the event that something did happen to us, we wanted to have things in place to make it easier on our family. That will is still in existence today, but serves no purpose as long as my husband and I are alive. It can only be enforced after we are gone from this world into the next. Since we returned safely from our trip there was no reason for that will to be opened.  A will is only useful and needed after the owner of the property in the will is dead.  When the will is then read and released, only then can the recipients claim the dead person’s belongings.  The owner of the assets retains possession as long as they are living here in this world.

When we consider a will and the items being release to either family member or close friends, the reason the deceased owner named these people in their will is because they wanted to bless them when they no longer needed their earthly possessions. 

This is what God did for us.  He had a new covenant and plan He wanted to release into the world for all people to receive.  However, it was only possible to pass these things on through the death of the owner.  This is why He send Jesus, His only Son, to represent Him in death, so that He could get the things to us that He had planned for us.  Things such as forgiveness of sin, eternal life through salvation, the love of God, grace, the joy of the Lord, the peace that passes understanding, longsuffering, healing, lovingkindness, gentleness.  The list is endless and we can have all of eternity to explore God’s gifts to us through the death of His Son, Jesus.

The good news is, Jesus didn’t have to stay dead!  He is alive and well with His Father in heaven.  Sitting at His right hand for all eternity.  His death released the provision of salvation that God needed to get to us, but death couldn’t hold Him because now He has the keys to death. (Rev. 1:18)

Today I want to encourage you to first of all receive your inheritance as a child of God through salvation in Christ Jesus.  If you have never invited Jesus to be the Lord of you life, do that right now by praying this prayer:   

 God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior.  I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me.  Please forgive me for my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new.  I know your Son, Jesus died for me.  I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead.  At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward.  I now have a right relationship with God my Father. I also ask for Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus name, Amen

Now that you have received the blessing of salvation that God planned for you, begin to explore the depth, the width, the height and the broadness of His good plan and provision in His salvation. There is no limit and no end to His goodness, so take time today to ask God to show you the things He has prepared for you as you begin to walk out the plan He made for your life. Jesus died to get it all to you, but now He lives to make sure you get it.

Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 9:16-22

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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