“The Heritage of the Servants of the Lord” – 3 Nephi 22:17

When we become “the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters” (Mosiah 5:7), we also become “heirs of God” (Romans 8:17). An heir is a person who inherits something. The inheritance may consist of property or other advantages.

Another word for inheritance is “heritage,” but that word has additional connotations. Your heritage includes not only tangible things received from your forebears but also customs, traditions, and values passed down from earlier generations. It also implies a connection to other people who are beneficiaries of the same culture.

During His visit to the American continent, Jesus quoted Isaiah 54, which contains a series of reassuring promises from God to the children of Israel. God promises that His covenant people need not be frightened, that their enemies will have no power over them, and that “no weapon that is formed against [them] shall prosper.” Then He says, “This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord” (3 Nephi 22:17, Isaiah 54:17).

As Elder William K. Jackson has taught, we can each appreciate and celebrate our own familial and national heritages while also embracing the heritage of Christ:

We can, indeed, all cherish the best of our individual earthly cultures and still be full participants in the oldest culture of them all—the original, the ultimate, the eternal culture that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ. What a marvelous heritage we all share.

The Culture of Christ,” General Conference, October 2020

Today, I will be grateful for my heritage as a disciple of Jesus Christ and for the culture and community that I am a part of because of my commitment to follow Him.

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