Ephes. 1:11-14 (ESV)
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,  so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  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,  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
In him we have obtained an inheritance. Just today as I was cleaning my office I began thinking like the prodigal son about my inheritance. When my dad retired from the ministry he gave me most of his books, but he kept the two sets I covet most: Luther’s Works, and the Church Fathers. My dad said he planned to read those in retirement, my mom says they are packed away in boxes. Truth is I have plenty to read any way, but they still would be nice. Someday I suppose I’ll have them. I won’t do anything for them. I’ll just wait around. Supposing I outlive my dad (miracle, I made it this long, but I see no reason why the miracle shouldn’t continue now that I am out of high school), I will one day go Phoenix, and pick them up. Sometimes I get anxious, and think about purchasing them now. Have two sets later on. But that seems silly. So I wait. I don’t do anything but covet my future wealth.
Perhaps that is the life of faith, coveting our future wealth. We have nothing to do, but go about our daily lives coveting our future wealth. Nothing to do, you don’t do anything for an inheritance it is given to you. Oh we have things to do in our daily lives, but that doesn’t much affect our future inheritance. Knowing what we have waiting for us may affect how we go about our daily lives though. Perhaps it makes us a bit more patient. Perhaps it makes us a little more willing to spread the wealth down here. It isn’t like we have to make this our best life now. We couldn’t if we wanted to. Hording wealth probably won’t make this life much better anyway. Our best life is waiting for us. We will inherit it because of Christ and his cross, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will. If we didn’t have Christ, we might have reason to try make this our best life now. Then again that might be reason to despair in and of itself. I have had a pretty good life I must say, and I tend to see it only getting better, especially when I get those books. But if I thought this was the best life could ever offer I might have ended it back in high school. (I’m telling you it was a miracle I made it out of there alive.)
Truth is we have obtained an inheritance by believing in Christ. We have been adopted of God. And some days I just sit around contemplating all that, coveting my future wealth, wealth I have now in Christ, but will know the full glory of it then. I think about that big mansion, I wonder who will staff it or if I have to clean up after myself. I determined that is the bit about angels. I think about the big feast with all the meat and wine. I don’t see any reason to believe there won’t be Scotch and Cigars after. And I imagine better than anything Cuba has to offer. So I tell you what, you go ahead and try have your best life now. I’ll wait on God’s good time. But I may give my dad a call soon, to see about those books.