How would you like to inherit something from somebody and on the day you receive it at least 10% or up to 35% of it is taken by the government? Bummer!! That’s what happens in our country at this point, and what used to be a blessing to leave behind something for the living is taken by the government. Wow! We can’t even escape taxes when we die! It’s amazing that people still try to let the government be their “conscience” in most matters and just hand over the keys to almost everything of value. This continuing saga has been going on since freedoms were won by those who gave their lives in past wars and conflicts. It cheapens the freedom we have come to love and appreciate and the future looks like more of the same. We have gone from our government being for the people and by the people, to people being for the government by the government. You may notice no shock in my writing. That is because there is none. But what if the promises made at the beginning were not hedged on at all? In fact, more was promised and received than we had originally planned for and now things are “looking good?” That is exactly what God promises and delivers to those who know Him.
In 1 Peter 1:3-5, Peter says a mouthful when he says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again (get an inheritance) to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (taxes are paid) from the dead.” Here’s the awesome part, “to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled (given to the government) and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.”
Can I get an AMEN??? This inheritance cannot and will not be touched in any form or fashion. No last minute amendments, or special clauses to steal it from us. Just like the saying that developed when we here in Alabama Football won last year’s national championship….D O N E.
Of course, those who don’t know Christ will think differently about this whole “faith thing” and they will try to minimize the truth of it, but it doesn’t matter. It’s in the bank and cannot be touched by human hands. Call 1-800-ITS-MINE and there will be no telemarketer to talk you out of it. You can find me at http://www.lovingtheviewinglory.org. Glory revealed, glory received!! You would think we as Christians would be doing our “happy dance” or jumping for joy to tell others this great news. But we don’t! Why? It could be that we have become so apathetic due to broken promises all around us that we have given up. It could also be that we don’t believe it could happen to us because we have not spent enough time with the one leaving it to us. Maybe it’s because we know we don’t really deserve it. From God’s perspective, that’s not the point. The sooner we realize that we don’t deserve it, and see God’s grace and mercy in full power, it will change us “AGAIN.” Again is not bad though. Maybe this time we will get it. I mean really get it. God’s love is higher than the mountains, deeper than the valleys, stronger than the ocean. God’s love is limitless and He always comes through. I believe the more we discover this, the more we will once again believe, and then our eyes will be focused on what matters most. Telling others…. Until we discover it, we are living a miserable existence that is superficial at best and declining at worst. No need….No need….
Verse 5 says it all, “who are protected (God’s Secret Service) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” God’s power will not let our inheritance be stolen from our grasp. His love is holding on tight. The Psalmist said a great thing when in Psalm 13:5 he said, “But I trust in Your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in Your salvation.” Where are you putting your trust? In the government? C’mon, you know better than that if you really know Christ. We trust in God. If you are trusting in God and not man then Proverbs 20:7 is your verse. “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we boast in the Name of our Lord, our God.” When it’s all said and done, where is your trust? Make sure you trust in God and not man.
The Pilgrimage continues….