Many spent last month talking and thinking about Christ. This month many are thinking not of God, but how to pay for the things they bought last month.
This is a shame, for the mind and heart should dwell on God and his will every day - not just for a short time once a year.
The reason Christ came to the world was to bring salvation to mankind, if man chooses to seek it out. Those who follow God know that they have eternal life in heaven awaiting them. This is an inheritance.
Peter put it this way, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5).
Inheritance is something all are accustomed to hearing about. People inherit money, houses, cars, libraries, etc. An inheritance usually is the result of a person’s life – what they left for their family.
Heaven - an inheritance that will last longer than any bank account or land trust man may have on earth. Widows inherit things their husbands accumulated for her and their children, but this can be lost by bad decision making.
The heritage of which Peter speaks is quite different. Peter says it is “incorruptible.” Nothing can destroy or even diminish the glory of this inheritance. It alone is eternal. Things on earth give way to decay and ruin, but not the heavenly inheritance.
This heavenly inheritance provided by Christ to all who will obey him is pure. The word used here means unstained, unsoiled. It is used to describe the undefiled characteristic of Jesus in Heb 7:26: “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.”
So many things in this life fade away. Dreams of bigger homes, special vacations, sometimes are just dreams. Heaven our inheritance is not a dream it is a reality.
The inheritance is reserved in heaven, not for the earth. There is a place for every redeemed soul. God has prepared a place for the saved.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1 ff).
Heaven will be without the earthly calamities faced each day. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
“And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Those who engage in the works of the flesh will not be there either” (Rev. 21:27).
Those who have obeyed the Gospel and are living faithfully will get the inheritance. One must become the sons of God (Gal. 4:4-7). All must obey the gospel plan of salvation and we must remain faithful in order to receive the inheritance.