The thief found an unlocked window to sneak into the house while the owners were out of town. They found the jewelry that the lady of the house had in a drawer. She was broken hearted for the loss of the valued items. But what brought a greater grief is that the jewelry was handed down to her from her grandmother. She was robbed of her inheritance.
We who know Christ are promised a wonderful inheritance that He left for His followers. Two valuable items that Jesus left us in His last will and testament are His joy and His peace. They were His and guided and guarded Him throughout His life. In His last meeting with His followers before His death He gave them His joy. John 15:11 says: “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full”. The same joy that filled the heart of our Lord has been given to you and me as His followers. That same meeting with the disciples was the occasion when Jesus gave us His peace. He tells us in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. We have received the joy of Jesus and the peace of Jesus as our rightful inheritance as His followers. However I have to confess that sometimes I get robbed. There are occasions when I allow someone to sneak into my heart and steal the joy that Jesus gave me. While they are stealing my joy they also pick up my peace that I left unguarded. That is when I have to confess that I have left the door unlocked and the window open. I have allowed some person to steal the peace and joy that I inherited from my Lord.
How about you? Have you been robbed of your inheritance in Christ? Who is it that is robbing you of the wonderful peace and indescribable joy Christ has given to you? Lock the door and shut the window and hold tightly to your precious inheritance in Christ.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation