In Psalm 2:7-8, Jesus asked His Father for an inheritance, a legacy. His inheritance is the nations and the ends of the earth. We become part of this legacy when we give Jesus the place he deserves in our life—Lord and Savior. This is not merely about saying words, it is about stepping into our holy calling, united and equipped in the church.
This happens every day as the power of the gospel through the working of the Holy Spirit transforms people in their life, marriage, workplace, family, community, and neighborhood. This yields the fulfillment of our God’s desire for a people of every nation, adoring Him for eternity as one people (Revelation 7:9-12).
As a local church family, Jesus called us to display His desire and this daily life among our City. In particular, He called us to focus on and display this love amongst the First Ward neighborhoods of Columbia – 14 central City neighborhoods where we live, learn, work, and play.
Let’s settle in over January – March as we re-envision our hearts, our families, and our very calendars to the legacy He and we long for.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.