While Jesus was hanging on the cross, He became thirsty and asked for a drink from those who were tormenting and crucifying Him. (John 19:28-29)
When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (John 19:30, NIV)
Those three little words---"It is finished"---mean much more than you may be able to comprehend immediately.
"It is finished." (Selah) Think, consider, ponder, and mediate on those three words now. (Joshua 1:8) "It is finished." (John 19:30)
Everything was accomplished for us---believers---at the cross. By everything, I mean everything. Salvation is ours. Forgiveness is ours. Healing is ours. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:4-5; 1 Peter 2:24) Provision is ours. (Philippians 4:19) Blessings are ours. (Ephesians 1:3) Inheritance is ours. (Ephesians 1:14, 18) And, the list goes on.
We don't have to earn it. We don't have to manually work for it. It has already been done for us. Jesus paid the price for it. He accomplished it for us. All of it is a gift from God, our Father. And, He is the ultimate giver. (James 1:17)
We only receive as little or as much as we are willing to receive from our Father though. Just like any earthly father, our heavenly Father will not force His gifts on His children. They are free. He wants to give all of them to us. However, it is up to us. We have to do our part in order to receive all of those gifts.
We are His heirs. (Romans 8:17) As most heirs of an inheritance, we need to continue in a relationship with that person---namely, our Father, in this case. That on-going relationship includes fellowship, communication, sharing with one another, learning and growing together.
Through the relationship with our Father and renewing our minds in His word, we are able to believe and receive more from Him. (Romans 12:2; Hebrews 11:1; Mark 11:22-24) We receive everything from Him by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
I want to receive all that my Father has for me in this life. How much do you want to receive from Him? What will you receive from Him? It's your choice. You decide. Just know and remember that "It is finished." (John 19:30)
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