Saturday Sermon: Embrace your diversity
The foundation of this article comes from Psalm 16. Here David writes, "The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup: He maintain my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage."
Without a doubt this psalm is an expression of faith. Faith that has brought about satisfaction. It begins with prayer, then mentions personal trouble, yet it still bounds with supreme confidence. Its conclusion is a wonderful song of assurance as to present an ultimate blessedness. It also describes the privilege of every Christian today.
When the Israelites entered the Land of Canaan their portion was selected by lot. Naturally, this caused a great deal of diversity in the heritages possessed. Some land would be more pleasant to possess than others.
We can imagine those with the choicest portions gratefully adopting David's sentiments, "The lines are fallen in pleasant places." David's expression of thanksgiving served well the feelings of the people then - and serves well our feelings today. God, through Christ, has rescued his kingdom from the clutches of darkness and translated it to an abode in the light.
Think first of physical blessings. "Godliness is profitable." It blesses us now. We have a promise concerning the "life that now is" as well as "that which is to come."
Christians need not think of tomorrow because all the necessities of this life will be furnished. Godliness blesses man in every state of life, it exalts the humble, it prospers the worker, and it helps in our adversity. If we will but look upon the things that we have rather than the things we do not have we will not fail to find much to be thankful for.
However, we also have blessings that are superior to those of a physical nature. What a wonderful spiritual heritage we also have in God. Just as the king exalted the possession of God's Word, so we as well are blessed with its pages. Furthermore, we have the added advantage of having the entire Word of God.
In it, we receive spiritual nourishment which sustains our soul. Here, we also receive new courage to continue the battles with sin. Still, our most precious spiritual heritage is God Himself. God's blessings are upon the righteous. With Him we have life, joy and hope. With Him we have pardon, peace and power. With Him we have providence, care and an promise of life eternal.
Coupled with blessings, both physical and spiritual, is also the goodly heritage of prospective glory. Like Abraham, a Christian is a traveler, a sojourner, living and enjoying a foreign land while investing in heavenly glory.
The Christian is looking forward to the day his room is presented in the mansion of God, having now only a foretaste of what lies ahead. By the physical blessings we receive, by the spiritual blessings we enjoy, and by the undying hope in that prospective glory, the Christian is apt to say, "I have a goodly heritage."
Shan Jackson is a minister at the Port Lavaca Church of Christ.