An inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:4)
My most treasured gift was a quilt my grandmother made me. Since she didn’t have much, she knew the only inheritance she could leave was something made with love by her own hands. In time, that precious inheritance showed signs of aging. Colors faded and the materials began to wear out. Eventually, all that was left were thin pieces of fabric and cotton batting tied together with random pieces of string. My inheritance was fading away.
Unlike that earthly gift, God offers us an everlasting gift—the gift of full salvation and an inheritance that cannot be destroyed. As Christians, we receive this gift and wait for the fulfillment of the promise of what is yet to come.
But waiting is hard! We live in an evil world. The effects of natural disasters, war, corrupt and unjust powers, economic difficulties, and cultural and racial divides make our lives feel unstable. Hope for the future seems to fade as hardships continue.
Peter’s words to persecuted and suffering Christians are a reminder to us too. Hold on! God’s salvation is coming, and he is protecting you. He has not left you alone! In your struggle, remember that God has prepared a lasting inheritance for you, which cannot spoil, fade, or be destroyed.
Don’t worry, evil doesn’t win! God saves his children and has an inheritance waiting for you.
Thank God for his salvation and your promised inheritance.
Angela Alvarado serves as the assistant editor for the Communication and Administration Division of The Wesleyan Church. She is a graduate of Wesley Seminary, Marion, Indiana.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.