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Our hope is in Christ as our home is with Christ.

“an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away” (1 Peter 1:4) 

I got caught in traffic behind a large vehicle. It was a tedious drive with the obstructed view and the slow progress. I did find some amusement, however, when I spotted the bumper sticker attached to the mobile home. “We’re spending our children’s inheritance.” Their children might not have been as amused. 

That’s the problem with inheritances. We can never be absolutely certain what that inheritance will look like when it’s time to take possession. A house may be broken down. Finances may be depleted. Plus, what happens if we die before our parents and are not around to receive the inheritance, or because we somehow displeased our parents, we are disinherited? 

Peter intends to cheer and encourage those who are pilgrims by letting them know they have an inheritance. It is much easier to endure suffering and unsettledness knowing that those conditions are temporary. We have an inheritance to look forward to. 

But inheritances can be subjected to the scenarios just described. How comforting would it be to know that our inheritance is certain only in principle? 

Peter, however, allays such fears by describing our inheritance as “incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Pet. 1:4). In other words, what is laid up for us in our heavenly home will be ours in pristine, spectacular fullness. Our name is already on the door and has been prepared for us. 

But what if something happens to us? Can we be disinherited by our disobedience and rebellion? Peter says God has got that aspect covered as well. We have been born again into the family of God and we are “kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Pet. 1:5). 

God has both aspects covered. Our inheritance is kept for us and we are kept for our inheritance, both secure because Jesus lives. 

REFLECTION: Our hope is in Christ as our home is with Christ. Express to God your longing. 

Unless noted otherwise, Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

Stan Gale

Stanley D. Gale (MDiv Westminster, DMin Covenant) has pastored churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania for over 30 years. He is the author of several books, including A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ and The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith. He has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1975. They have four children and ten grandchildren. He lives in West Chester, Pa.
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