Sermon: The Lord God of Israel Is Their Inheritance (Joshua 12-13)
What is the payoff for following God? He promises us that our labor is not in vain. It does, in fact, connect organically to our experience in the next life. We will have an inheritance from Christ that he shares with us. And the inheritance that we have from God makes all our labor in this life worth it.
We stand on the shoulders of giants. God has been building his kingdom before we were ever around. Not only that, but what we do will not be fully realized in our lifetimes—the ripples produced by our work will continue on beyond what we can witness. We know, too, that God builds his kingdom through out work, even through our struggle, and His kingdom is not of this world. He is not a Republican or a Democrat, but the king of the universe. As God builds his kingdom, it will be growing in ways that are not readily-apparent to us. Yet God is working, and although we cannot see the full picture, we can rest in the security of knowing that it is ultimately him who we will receive: The Lord God of Israel is our inheritance, and that is the best news of all.