TUESday, december 19 - Hope in Jesus includes a future inheritance.

1 Peter 1:4–5 (ESV) (4) to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, (5) who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

An inheritance is something that we have not earned but that we receive through the death of a loved one. During the Depression, my (Pastor Mark) great-grandparents purchased land in Alabama for $1 an acre. They passed it on to my grandparents who built a house and expanded the farm. When they died their children sold the land and took money as their inheritance. When my parents died, they passed it on to me and so one day it will go to my sons.

There’s just one thing about this inheritance. One day the house is going to fall, and the money will be gone. That’s what happens to earthly inheritances, they don’t last. But Peter describes this inheritance as imperishable, undefiled, pure, unfading, or everlasting. As one writer put it our inheritance is not liable to decay, is untouched by death, unstained by evil, and unimpaired by time.

So, what is this great inheritance that hope offers? First, it is a future bodily resurrection. How great is that? A new imperishable, immortal body. Second, it is eternal life in the presence of God. We will spend eternity relishing and enjoying the person of God up close. Third, our inheritance is God Himself. Men and women, what makes heaven great is God. What makes eternity so desirable is that God will be there.

What makes our inheritance so valuable is a Person, not a place.

Isn’t that great news? Take the rest of the day and rejoice with hope that one day you will meet Jesus face to face.