- Written by Jason Jones, Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor Jason Jones, Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor
- Created: 07 October 2019 07 October 2019
Gathering is a natural activity, often accomplished without much thought to the effort. The “grasp reflex” of humans is alive and well. The evidence of harvest is obvious, whether gathered for others or for self.
Reaping, on the other hand, is more of a consequence, not easily gathered. For sure, what a person sows, they reap. What is important in sowing to obtain joy, meaning or blessing?
Inheritance is something that another person gives to, or for, another. For some it’s a birthright. For others it’s heirlooms with special meaning. For many it’s a natural inclination of familial love. God’s Word informs us that “God Himself is our inheritance.”
A plentiful harvest is a recurring reminder of God’s desire to give yields that produces sustenance among the living. Around the world, it’s a material ingathering that is enjoyed by the righteous and the wicked alike. Harvest reminds us of the spiritual legacy as well!
In collecting harvests from labor, Christian stewards return a portion to the One who provides all for use and enjoyment. Believers give their first-fruits to God as evidence of a First Commandment faith. When earthly life is complete, this giving can return a portion of the substance of a Christian steward’s harvest, so the Lord’s work is strengthened. A joyful tradition during biblical ages, it continues as a tradition in ours.
Truly an undeserved heritage is given in God’s yields! St. Peter wrote under inspiration, “[Jesus Christ] has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3b–4
The gift of eternal life has been endowed on the Cross as an inheritance waiting for all who are called by the Holy Spirit. Consider reflecting such inheritance in your own plans.