Ephesians 1:11-12 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.
We have obtained an inheritance through Christ. Literally, we have “been chosen as an inheritance”. In Christ, we receive God as our inheritance and we become His. Our relationship with Him is reconciled in full.
What are the implications here? We’re in Christ, God is our inheritance and we are His. What does that mean? We get some help with this question from Moses and from Paul. In Deuteronomy 32:9, we learn that God’s portion is His people. This passage is speaking of His chosen people, Israel, of the Old Testament. But in Christ even the Gentiles have become God’s people (Romans 11:11). We’re in God’s family now.
Romans 8:14-17 explains that we have been given the Holy Spirit and become heirs with Christ. All that is His will be ours as well. The purpose of this, of course, is to bring glory to God. He works all things – our circumstances, our talents, our relationships, our choices – to the purpose of His will. This is what it is to be His and have Him as ours.
We are called to be the praise to God’s glory with our lives.