November 17, Thursday

doug2Note: The AMI QT Devotionals for November 17-18 are provided by Doug Tritton, who is now a full-time staff at Symphony Church in Boston.  Doug, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently pursuing a M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Seminary.  He is married to Cindy; in fact, they just became parents!

Devotional Thought for Today

Hebrews 9:15-22

Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. 16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. 17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

17Now that we have a daughter, my wife Cindy and I were thinking recently: Do we need to make a will? It felt a bit weird (the prospect of your own death!), but then I got to thinking that this probably does not matter too much – we don’t have that much anyway! If I were a millionaire or had lots or property or possessions that would be one thing, but nope, my will would be quite small!

In this passage, we also read about a will that God has made. But the difference is, unlike me, He has glorious riches beyond all measure. And more than that, He greatly desires for us, His people, to share in this wealth—He wants to distribute graciously! There is an inheritance waiting for all of us, as it says in this passage – “those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.” God made a will declaring that those who believe in the name of His Son Jesus may receive His inheritance and share in His glory. But rather than putting any burden on us to meet the requirements to receive this inheritance, He sent His own Son to die for us, thus allowing this will to be executed. Praise God for His love for us, His heirs!

This is very humbling. We are inheriting great, great riches—and this has nothing to do with anything we have done. God gave this freely. But remember, like the saying goes, “there is no such thing as a free lunch”; so while free for us, this inheritance was very costly—it cost the precious blood of Jesus. Though we live in the reality of receiving this inheritance, let’s not forget the price. Let’s worship our God who died freely so that we may live freely!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for shedding Your own blood for me. Thank You for writing this will before time, a will that You knew You’d carry out on Your own, at the cost of Your blood. Thank You that now I can share in Your eternal wealth and glory. Help me to never to forget this cost that You paid for me. Help me to honor You as You rightly deserve! Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Proverbs 4

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Lunch Break Study

Read Romans 5:6-8: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Questions to Consider

  1. What was our state when Christ died for us?
  2. What was God’s response to our current state?

Notes

  1. This passage makes it clear – we were weak when Christ died for us: “While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” That’s us. We were the ungodly, the ones undeserving of the riches of heaven.
  2. God’s response to our weak state was to die for us! He knew we could not earn our way to His inheritance, so He paid the price Himself. Praise God!

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Evening Reflection

As you go to sleep tonight, remind yourself that you are an heir to God. How amazing is that!  He is giving us riches beyond measure – all the riches of heaven! Remind yourself of this hope we have in Christ, and let this give you peace that God our Father, who wrote us into His will, is taking care of us.

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