Whose inheritance would you like a share in?

I have a hobby horse that I like to climb on and canter around upon from time to time. Usually it is in response to a tweet or speech or sermon that includes a phrase such as, 'my team' or 'my staff.' I am sure that I am probably being pernickety but something about the personal ownership over a joint venture makes me squirm a little. I am much more a fan of the language of team that includes words like, we, our and us rather than me, I and mine. You can tell a lot about someone by the language they use. 

Of course this kind of language betrays a culture of a church or a team. The language of sharing tells us that the culture within that team is one where credit is shared between all members; nobody is the star of the show. This of course brings its sacrifice to those within the team. Some will work more hours on a project but all will share the same rewards and credit. The more talented in the team will share the same glory as those whom they would outshine on individual merit but there is an understanding that this will be the case.

The theory of shared glory and shared shame is woven throughout the whole of the Bible and is summed up in one verse in Romans 5;

'Yes, Adam's one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.' 

In this verse hangs a central theme of the gospel; that along with the goodness of God's design instilled in us we also carry the flaw of sin, yet through Christ can receive an equal share in His glory through His righteousness. This is the ultimate culture of sharing. Jesus, without sin and the sole heir of heaven chooses to share all that is His with us. We become heirs of His inheritance. He approaches the throne of God with the language of we, us and our. We have not earned this and we do not deserve it yet we receive it nonetheless. 

Traditionally the church has been great at focussing on this inherited sinfulness through Adam and has even focused that on calling people to personalise their 'sinfulness' yet Paul speaks of this as being done away with through the shared righteousness of Christ. May we be a church who focus on our inherited grace and glory and live lives of gratitude for it.