Inheritance

Scripture of the Day – 1 Peter 1:3-4

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.

Today’s Blog Post, by Pastor Vance

I’ve inherited…

  • My father’s flat feet.
  • My father and grandfather’s love for motorcycles – but I didn’t inherit my grandfather’s Harley, and I’m still a little bitter about that!
  • My mom’s love of antiques and artistic flair.
  • The Rains’ family hardheadedness.
  • My grandfather’s tools – as though I have a clue what to do with them!
  • My mom’s good looks – we both did a little modeling (no comments please…).
  • My grandfather’s early 2000’s crappy purple Ford Ranger – not the 1963 garage-kept, low-mileage, antique Ford Ranger that he traded in for $500 to buy the crappy purple one.  I’m still a little bitter about this too.
  • My mom’s family’s “southern” charm.
  • A really good head of hair, and no apparent risk of balding.  Hopefully I will also inherit the pure white hair my grandfather had in his senior years!

As an only child of an only son, someday I will inherit whatever is left of the Rains’ estate. Depending on what is left – money, property, belongings, photos, papers, memorabilia – it will all pass on to me.  I will be glad to inherit some things.  Some, I will be glad to pass on to others.  Some, I’ll probably just be stuck with – until I can make my kids take it!

It’s interesting to me that Peter uses the language of inheritance.  As a follower of Jesus, I have been given a “new birth” into a “living hope” into an inheritance that will never “perish, spoil, or fade.”

Ultimately, everything in this life will “perish, spoil, or fade.”  Stuff get’s lost.  Achievements are forgotten.  Memories fade.  Things rust and rot.  Everyone, eventually, becomes worm food.  Everything we inherit, eventually passes from our hands to another’s, or simply passes away altogether.

But, there is another inheritance that is eternal.  Receiving it, is like being born a second time.

So, the question for all of us is, “What inheritance are we living for?  When you think about your hopes, dreams and aspirations, are they primarily for this life, and this world, or for the world to come?  Are we investing for this life, or the next?”  

Keep stretching.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Inheritance

  1. Thank you Pastor Vance.so perfect! Just when a will and inheritance issues have cropped up in my family to cause my elderly parents grief and worry, and of course then I’m concerned for their health…….I am pointed to the one and only real concern for the end of life. The only inheritance that counts for anything, my eternal life with Jesus. I rejoice and thank God for his plan for my future life in heaven.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This is so true and relevant Pastor Vance. God, through Jesus, has given us an amazing gift. When you realize that at the end of the day (literally:) the best is yet to come, you can stop sweating bullets about what we now know is the small stuff (life’s temporal concerns like what kind of care I drive, physical things, and thoughts and emotions that take us away from God’s mission for us, etc.) It isn’t easy to live out, but I will carry this message with me when I need to remember what really matters.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s