There was an article a few years ago in the San Francisco Chronicle concerning a lady known as “Garbage Mary,” who was picked up in a shopping mall in Delray Beach, Florida. She appeared to be just another derelict whose mind had faded. Neighbors told stories of her scrounging through garbage cans for food which she hoarded in her car and her two-bedroom apartment. There were mounds of garbage in the small apartment, stuffed in the refrigerator, the stove, the sink, the cabinets, and the bathtub. There were paths between the trash. Other than in the kitchen, there were no chairs to sit in because they were piled with trash. Police finally identified her as the daughter of a well-to-do lawyer and bank director from Illinois who had died several years earlier. In addition to the garbage, the police found Mobil Oil stock worth more than $400,000, documents indicating ownership of oil fields in Kansas, stock certificates from firms such as U.S. Steel, Uniroyal, and Squibb, and passbooks for eight large bank accounts. Garbage Mary was a millionaire who was living like a derelict. Untold wealth was at her disposal, yet she scrounged through garbage rather than claim the resources that were rightly hers by inheritance.
We have a hard time understanding why anyone with those types of resources would choose to live like a pauper. If given the choice of having a life of going through the trash cans or claiming what is rightfully yours, most of us would choose the latter. Yet many Christians today spiritually live like “Garbage Mary.” They fail to realize the inheritance God has given them.
As believers, you and I are joint-heirs with Christ, and He has given us an inheritance (Romans 8:15-17, Galatians 3:29). The eternal aspect of our heritage is that when we die, we will go to heaven. Scripture teaches us in Revelation 21:4 “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Jesus is preparing that place for us (John 14:1-4) and you and I can not even begin to comprehend what God has for us (1 Corinthians 2:9).
But as believers, we must understand that our inheritance is not just for the hereafter, as great as that is. It is also for us now. It is God’s desire that we have not just a life, but an abundant life. Part of our inheritance as believers include His guidance (Romans 8:14), peace (Philippians 4:7), strength (Philippians 4:13), power (Acts 1:8), victory through trials (Romans 8:37), and the fruit of His Spirit, among many others. (scriptures in full below)
Don’t choose to scrounge through the garbage can of life, but rather, claim what God wants you to have, your inheritance. He has given this so your life would be filled with the abundance of His blessings.
Romans 8:14 KJV – For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Philippians 4:7 NIV – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:13 NCV – I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.
Acts 1:8 NKJV – But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Romans 8:37 NKJV – For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Galatians 5:22-23 NLT – But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!