A Rich Heritage

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” – 1 Peter 2:9-10

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Hello, all you beautiful people! Thank you, for reading! As always, I appreciate you!

A friend and I were discussing our African heritage a while back, and the name Mansa Musa came up in the conversation. Mansa Musa was a fourteenth century West African emperor who is known as the wealthiest person to have ever lived. He had vast amounts of gold that he generously gifted to others.

Musa had so much wealth that he is said to have caused a depreciation in the value of gold in the economy of his day. On a 4,000-mile trip that he took to Mecca, “from the markets of Cairo to royal offices to the impoverished people that crossed his path in Egypt, Musa’s generosity and purchase of foreign goods left the streets littered with gold” (http://www.history.com). Musa had more riches than could be counted, and he stimulated economic growth in many communities.

It’s nice to know of a heritage that is not just relegated to that of slavery. Black history extends back to way more than bondage. And wealthy African kings are not just the stuff that fantasy is made up of. Black history is steeped in richness of benevolence, of power, and of royalty.

Though, whether or not I am a descendant of the African emperor Mansa Musa is not all that important. I have a place in the family line of King Jesus. And God has declared that I am royalty – that I am chosen, and that I am His own special people (1 Peter 2:9).

You can be the royal priesthood that Christ has chosen His disciples to be. If you believe that Jesus is the Christ – the Son of God, if you confess that He is to others, if you repent of your sins, and if you put on Christ in water baptism, God will adopt you into His royal family and add you to the Lord’s church (Acts 2:47). And you will have all the spiritual blessings that are available in Christ, in His church (Ephesians 1:3).

In Christ, I have love; I have forgiveness; I have joy; I have hope, and; I have an eternal home prepared for me in heaven.

Musa may have had all the gold, but I, too, am rich beyond what can ever be quantified.

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