I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 3:24 NIV

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My Portion

Over the next 20 years, according to the Toronto Star, Canada is likely to see the biggest inter-generational transfer of wealth in its history, as Baby Boomers look set to inherit the wealth of their aging parents. In fact, most Canadians say they expect to receive an inheritance in the future. For many people, an inheritance will be central to enjoying a comfortable retirement. Without discussing such an inheritance beforehand, many Canadians may find themselves with far less than they expected to receive.

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Receiving an inheritance is a mixed blessing. In order to receive whatever is promised you in a will, someone has had to have died. Usually, it is someone close to you. So, while it is wonderful to receive an inheritance it often comes with grief. There is one great exception, and it is for all who have trusted Jesus Christ. Jeremiah wrote about it in Lamentations 3:24: “I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’” The word portion here means inheritance. Jeremiah has just been speaking about the faithfulness of God and his compassion. If these were all we inherited it would be wonderful. But we get far more. Jeremiah reminds us that we get Him. When we become a member of God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ, we receive Him as our inheritance. Romans 8:17 tells us we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. At the centre of the Christian faith is the person of Jesus Christ. He is our deepest longing and our greatest gift. When we receive Jesus we receive every other good gift, beginning with eternal life, that is promised to God’s son and daughters.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley