Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:3–4, ESV)
When we think of inheritance, we often think of “rich uncle” (because most of our parents spent our inheritance on our bicycles, birthday parties, family vacations and college!). The reality is that very few of us are going to fall into a huge pile of cash when a family member’s will is read. There is, however, one inheritance you can bank on: God’s!
Peter tells us in today’s passage God has breathed life and given a living hope into those who place their faith in Jesus. The hope possessed by Christians is not a sterile wish, but it is alive and genuine. Neither is it merely an earthly hope, but it leads to an inheritance waiting for us in heaven. This inheritance is unlike our rich uncle’s. It will not fade away. It can’t be lost on the stock market or dribbled away on expensive toys. This inheritance will truly last. When you die, you can take it with you.
Therefore, we are reminded by Paul to “set our mind on things above” (Colossians 3:1-4) — not to place our hope in that which will soon pass. The earthly is temporary, but so easily we forget because our eyes have yet to see the eternal. Oh, that the eyes of our hearts would be opened to see the untarnished, unfading inheritance which awaits those who have embraced Christ.