AN INHERITANCE THAT’S OUT OF THIS WORLD | 21 MAY 2019

Not that long ago, I saw a bumper sticker that I wasn’t sure how to respond to.  It was on the back of a fairly new sports car and said, “We’re spending our kid’s inheritance now.”  Unlike past generations, not all parents today are concerned about leaving something for their children.  When they do try, the wild ups and downs of the stock market or the many uncertainties of the economy can shrink its value in a heartbeat. 

But in sharp contrast to the unknowns and heartaches that may come with doing our best to save something for our families, Peter writes of an amazing inheritance that God has for you and me as His children.  In 1 Peter 1:3-4 he writes, “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 – kept in heaven for you.”  Who can truly rob me of God’s full forgiveness for my brokenness and failures?  Satan will try.  Your conscience may accuse you of not being good enough to possibly be loved by God.  But the Lord points you to the cross of His Son.  What can spoil the peace that God comes to bring you?  Storms will come and rock your boat in life.  Tears and frustration can seem to overshadow the hope that faith promises.  But His peace is still there, as sure as the nail prints in the Lord’s hand that takes yours and mine through the ups and downs of daily living.  What can devalue the glory of heaven that God is preparing for you?  Some may laugh at this promise, calling it “pie in the sky” or “wishful thinking.”  But God has assured you that what is waiting for you is far better than anything on this earth.  He staked His Son’s life on it.

Your heavenly Father is deeply concerned about providing an eternal inheritance for you.  That’s why He sent Jesus to the cross and raised Him from the grave.  That’s why, through the working of the Holy Spirit, He promises to build your faith in Him.  He wants nothing less than for you to have an inheritance that is truly out of this world

 

From one who lives in the hope of my Godly inheritance,

Pastor Steve