Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Our Inheritance - Devotional

Ephesians 1:14
The earnest of our inheritance.

Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ's preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, "'Tis but a taste!" We have tasted "that the Lord is gracious," but we do not yet know how good and gracious He is, although what we know of His sweetness makes us long for more. We have enjoyed the firstfruits of the Spirit, and they have set us hungering and thirsting for the fulness of the heavenly vintage. We groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption. Here we are like Israel in the wilderness, who had but one cluster from Eshcol, there we shall be in the vineyard. Here we see the manna falling small, like coriander seed, but there shall we eat the bread of heaven and the old corn of the kingdom. We are but beginners now in spiritual education; for although we have learned the first letters of the alphabet, we cannot read words yet, much less can we put sentences together; but as one says, "He that has been in heaven but five minutes, knows more than the general assembly of divines on earth." We have many ungratified desires at present, but soon every wish shall be satisfied; and all our powers shall find the sweetest employment in that eternal world of joy. O Christian, antedate heaven for a few years. Within a very little time thou shalt be rid of all thy trials and thy troubles. Thine eyes now suffused with tears shall weep no longer. Thou shalt gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendour of Him who sits upon the throne. Nay, more, upon His throne shalt thou sit. The triumph of His glory shall be shared by thee; His crown, His joy, His paradise, these shall be thine, and thou shalt be co-heir with Him who is the heir of all things.


Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

9 comments:

Maxine said...

Oh yes, Christ is precious!

Cathy! You won't believe it! You won my DaySpring giveaway. Neesie picked your name (eyes closed) and I said "Oh, my GOODNESS!" You're always blessing me so God wanted to find a way to bless you back. I'll be emailing your code to you later.

Cathy said...

Wow, I am so excited, Maxine. Thank you so much. The Lord blesses me by winning so many giveaways! Thank you, Lord.

Barbara said...

Very good Cathy, I do love Spurgeons writings, he was sure great in his day.

Cherdecor said...

Congratulations, Cathy on your win! I think it is wonderful that the Lord blesses you like this!

Karen said...

Cathy, Congratulations on winning the Give away!

Joan said...

This is lovely Cathy. Blessings and joy to you!

Joan

Denise said...

Congrats on winning my friend. Enjoyed the devotion.

Mildred said...

Hi Cathy, What a lovely post tonight and I see congrats are in order for the giveaway win! I appreciate your visits and kind comments so very much. Have a restful evening.

Karen said...

Beautiful devotion...I can't wait to "gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendour of Him who sits upon the throne."..