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
- 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?”