The year is 1933. America is in the middle of the Great Depression. In an orphanage in New York City, an eleven-year-old orphan girl is taken by the assistant to a billionaire to spend the Christmas holiday at the mansion of her employer. Soon, this spunky and ever-optimistic orphan girl wins the heart of the billionaire and, in the end, he decides to adopt her. The little girl is Annie and the billionaire is Oliver “Daddy Warbucks. And the rags to riches story, of course, is from the Broadway musical “Annie,” based on a comic strip called Little Orphan Annie.
When Annie was adopted by “Daddy” Warbucks, she was given the right to be called his child. She no longer needed to live in the orphanage, where she would spend her days slaving away along with the other orphans who lived there with her. When we receive God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior, when we believe in His name, we are given the right to be called children of God (John 1:12). We receive adoption as His children and are able to call Him Abba and Father (Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8:15).
When Annie became the adopted child of “Daddy Warbucks, she became his heir. All of his riches would one day pass to her. When we become children of God through salvation in Jesus Christ, because of God’s grace, we also become heirs. We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). As heirs of God, what do we inherit? We inherit the kingdom of God (Matthew 25:34). We inherit the Word of God (Psalm 119:111). And, we inherit the Lord Himself; He becomes the strength of our hearts and our portion forever (Psalm 73:26). And the best part is that this inheritance, unlike any earthly inheritance, is guaranteed for eternity (1 Peter 1:3-5).