I confess that some news has me reeling. I do wonder sometimes if we are living in the end times filled with indulgence, rebellion and decadence. So many families suffer division. So many “entertainment” venues are far from godly. Attire is becoming more and more lascivious and provocative. Our lifestyles demand we spend and spend, get more and more. We are not satisfied with what we have. We cringe when we think we may have to curb our indulgent appetites. We take for granted that tomorrow will bring what we need to continue feeding our wants, granting our every whim and wish. We tell ourselves we can do what we want…it’s a free country (at least in America). We balk at depriving ourselves to help meet the needs–the basic needs–of others. We can’t even give 10% of our blessings from God to further the work of His kingdom.
Are we this complacent when it comes to the gift God has given us through His Son? Do we take Him for granted? Do we even realize how rich we already are as we struggle to get more out of this earthly life? Do we join the Apostle Peter in rejoicing?
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5
When my dad died, he left a small insurance policy to be split between my brother and me. It helped me get the laptop I am writing on. That was my inheritance. I am very grateful to my dad for his gift to me. In my way of thinking, Daddy provided the means for me to continue my writing ministry. I think of how happy he’d be to know that I am using the inheritance to bring glory to God.
Peter tells us of another inheritance that awaits us in heaven. The inheritance is a result of the works we do here on earth. So much of what I’ve done in my life will be burned away. So much is just an accumulation of things–things I don’t need. Things which gave nothing to anyone but me…and most of which was for my asthetics–to please my eyes. What I do on earth will not earn me a place in heaven. It will not buy my salvation. However, what I do through Christ Jesus, in His name, because I am His child–the fruit that is born as a result of my faithfulness to Him–that will be rewarded with an inheritance beyond comprehension. When Jesus returns, He comes with the reward in His hand for what we have done in the body.
As I consider all the wonderful glorious things the Lord has blessed me with on this earth, I can barely begin to imagine what heaven’s splendor will afford me. Oh to share that inheritance with others. To give to others because God gives to me. Eventually this laptop will lose its effectiveness or simply quit working. It will join others in landfills and possibly unearthed by an archeologist hundreds of years from now, should the Lord tarry. But the inheritance I have in Christ will last forever–will never be obsolete, and will sustain me through all eternity.
PRAYER: Lord, give someone eyes to see the glory of Your inheritance through Jesus Christ Your only begotten Son. Remove the blinders Satan has placed before them which deceives them into believing this earth is all they can have. Reveal Your Truth, oh, Father to some lost soul today.