Sunday, June 5, 2011

What an INHERITANCE!

Have you ever had a grandparent, parent, uncle, aunt or friend ever say to you, “when I go, this will be yours”, as they hold up a particular item. Maybe you have had a parent say, “your grandpa gave me this when he passed on, his dad gave it to him and I am going to pass it on to you.” Whether that certain something be a keepsake that would only have value to those in the family, or a nice lake cabin handed down from generation to generation, it will fade over time. It will wear out over time. Time has a way of corrupting our inheritance....except this:

For those that are born-again God has an inheritance waiting for us that not only is undefiled, but He is guarding it!

1Peter 1:4 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.

By God's power, through our faith, Our Lord as an inheritance beyond what any eye has seen or any mind can conceive waiting for those that love Him:

1Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"--

Consider that for just a minute. Some people travel quite a bit and have seen some AMAZING sites. I have not traveled much, but I have been to Palm Springs a few times and I think of it as the most beautiful place I have ever been. Some of you reading this might say, “no way, Hawaii is the most beautiful place there is”, still others might so “no way, here or there”. Wherever the debate may go is of no consequence when it comes to the Kingdom of God. Wherever you think is the most beautiful place on earth will not even come close to what God has prepared for those that love Him. The Creator of all things is telling us in His Word that He has prepared yet another place beyond our wildest imaginations! Do not even try to imagine it because you can't....IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!

If you belong to Christ, how should these make you respond? REJOICING! No...No....GREATLY REJOUCING:

1Peter 1:6a In this you greatly rejoice,

But that is not the rest of the story is it. We have things so soft and cuddly in this country that we tend to have the mind set, “yea, life is all good and Heaven will be better...I'll see you there”. Just last night I was having a conversation with some friends and one told the other in response to whether his dog is in Heaven, “you need to worry less about that and more about where you will spend eternity”.

My friends response was, “oh yea, I got a spot at the buffet table waiting for me.”

As a society we tend to be flippant about eternity without really consider what the life of a Christian is suppose to look like:

1Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

Did you catch that? Just as James warned us of trials (and even told us to rejoice in them), Peter is telling us to expect trials, which will happen “if need be”. IF NEED BE? Why would I NEED trials? To test the genuineness of your faith! How awesome is that? When trials come, where do you look first? Do you look for the answers in the wisdom and philosophies of men, or do you look to your Heavenly Father, your daddy? God allows trials in your life to test your faith so you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt the you have an eternal, incorruptible inheritance waiting for you that is beyond words or imagination.

I would love to have ended my post there, but I can't leave this unsaid: Just as those that have surrendered their life to Jesus Christ and are not ashamed to call Him their Lord and Savior have this inheritance waiting for them in eternity; those that have not surrendered to Jesus Christ will have an eternity that is brutal beyond words or imagination. A place where all the blessings and the presence of God have been removed, where the worm never dies and the fire is not quenched:

Mark 9:41-48 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. 42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 'where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.'

The above 7 verses are directly from the mouth of Jesus. These are “red letters”. If you have ever doubted how seriously God takes deliberate continuance in sin, please re-read the above 7 verses again. Jesus could not have emphasized any more clear how crucial it is that we make every possible effort to leave a life of sin.

If you have not yet, please call out to Him today in repentance and faith, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.”

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