And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.
May the Lord, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you!
Even today--in many parts of the world, the first question asked of a stranger is, 'Who's your father?' Growing up in the South, the 'Who's your daddy?' business offended the modern woman I aspired to be. I saw my life in one dimension.
God sees infinity. The past, present and future of each special child is seen in a spectacular multi-generational view. His plans span from the beginning of time until its glorious conclusion. In His infinite mercy, God allows us to break generational curses and cash in on generational blessings. Like those He gave to Abraham.
By our adoption through Jesus Christ, Abraham is our greatest grandfather: the pioneer and point man of the Jewish faith. True Christians are adopted children of Arbaham by the New Covenant.
'But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter' (Romans 2:29). We must read God's promises to Abraham; they apply to us as His descendants by faith in Jesus. To name a few:
'And I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you, I will curse' (Genesis 12:2-3). 'I am a shield to you. Your reward shall be very great' (v.15:1). 'You shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age' (v.15:15).
Your ultimate Father is God. 'You are Abraham's descendants' (Galatians 3:29). You 'belong to Christ' (Mark 9:41). This is your heritage. Their promises are your promises.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Promises, Promises series.