Have you ever dreamed of receiving a surprise large inheritance? One you didn’t expect that changed your life forever? At www.oddee.com there are some stories about just such a thing happening. Here are two of them:
“Luis Carlos de Noronha Cabral da Camara made an unusual distribution of his money after his death: 70 people listed in a Lisbon phone directory were contacted out of the blue after his death to be told he had made them his beneficiaries. They had been chosen at random from the directory, in front of two witnesses at a registry office 13 years before. It certainly came as a shock to them. In the first place, people do not, as a rule, make wills in Portugal. In the second, Portuguese aristocrats are getting thin on the ground, let alone eccentric ones. In the third – to be chosen by phone directory? No wonder that some feared they were being scammed.”
“A pair of penniless down and outs inherited a share of a 4 billion GBP fortune after a bizarre twist in family fortunes. Brothers Zsolt and Geza Peladi were so poor they lived in a cave outside Budapest, Hungary, and sold scrap they found on the street for pennies. Now both of them and a sister who lives in America inherited their grandmother’s massive fortune after a life of poverty. “We knew our mother came from a wealthy family but she was a difficult person and had severed ties with them, then later abandoned us and we lost touch with her and our father until she eventually died,” said Geza, 43. They learned of their good fortune after homelessness charity workers in Hungary were contacted by lawyers handling the estate of the brothers’ maternal grandmother who died recently in Baden-Wurttenberg, Germany. Under German law direct descendants are automatically entitled to a share of any estate – that would pass from their dead mother to them.”
What amazing stories. That just seems like it would be a dream come true. So many of us suffer from financial problems or would just like to get some of those extras we have always wanted. However, most of us are not going to be this fortunate. We have to keep working hard and earning our money the old fashioned way. The truth is many times sudden money just leads to a whole other set of problems. Thankfully, if we have the Lord in our hearts, He will provide for us exactly what we need when we need it. Colossians 1: 11 – 14 give us even more to be thankful for:
11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
God loves us so much that He has enabled each of us to share in the inheritance. We are now heirs with Jesus, His Son. That sounds too good to be true. Almost like those people who received an inheritance because they were listed in the telephone directory. There is no way we deserve it. It is all due to Jesus dying on the cross for us and wiping away our sin. What good brother on earth would die just so his bad siblings could share in the inheritance after their Father had passed away. I don’t think anyone would. Here on earth we all fight over inheritance and we are usually glad when someone is knocked out of the will because of their bad behavior. God always is the opposite of what most humans would do or be like. What an encouragement to know that God loves us this much and to know that He has even given us an inheritance.
I am thankful for an eternal inheritance that will out do and out-live any earthly inheritance we could ever receive.