An Inheritance That Never Spoils


Do you possess this eternal hope through a relationship with Jesus yet?

Six hours. Two, in hot weather. That’s how long you can leave a half a bottle of baby formula in a car before the aroma gives it away. I know this from experience. Dirty diapers that get left in the floorboard and kicked up under the seat… even quicker. Stuff spoils.

We live in a temporary, throw-away world where everything we own is expected to rot, rust, or get eaten by vermin. TV on the blink? Buy a new one. Low tire on the car? Time to trade it in. Robert Frost put it this way:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

One line really stands out to me. “So Eden sank to grief.” In other words, while we have no idea the actual length of time, it didn’t take Adam and Eve long to mess up a perfect paradise through sin. But the Apostle Peter writes of something different.

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. (1 Peter 1:3-4 NIV)

No matter what spoils around me, I know that because all of my hope rests in a resurrected King named Jesus, the eternal inheritance God has freely and graciously guaranteed me shall never spoil. Ever. Do you possess this eternal hope through a relationship with Jesus yet?

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