Ezekiel 22—23, l Peter 1 • Key Verses: 1 Peter 1:3—4
Perhaps someday you will receive an inheritance. As hard as you may try, that inheritance will
not stay as you get it. Money will be spent.
A car will wear out. Furniture will become scratched and dented. Dishes will chip and break.
Clothing may become moth-eaten. And the list goes on. Getting an inheritance is one thing.
Keeping it is another.
This is what makes these words of Peter so amazing. He tells us that we have an inheritance that
“can never perish, spoil or fade” (1:4).
No scratches. No dents. No depredation. It is unlike any other inheritance. One other great
aspect about this inheritance is that it is “kept in heaven for you.” You have heard of contested
wills. A person may have made his wishes known regarding the dispersal of his worldly goods,
but sadly, those wishes are not always followed. A person may have the experience of looking
forward to a promised inheritance only to not receive it. But that will not happen with this
inheritance. God has reserved it. No one can contest His will in this matter. It is reserved not by
a legal document that can be challenged in a Court, but by His divine decreed will.
So the next time you look at something you or someone else has inherited, notice the scratches
and dents. And the next time you hear of a contested will, remember that you have an
inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, unfading and reserved.
Even Christians can get distracted by the things of this world. Look beyond this temporary life to
that which is eternal. There your inheritance waits for you.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony beckett