God Has Already Written the Final Chapter of Your Life
“Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay” (1 Peter 1:3-4 NLT).
No matter what happens for the rest of your life, if you have a relationship with Jesus, God guarantees your future. You will never be able to lose your salvation.
The Bible says, “Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay” (1 Peter 1:3-4 NLT).
An inheritance is what you’re given because you belong to a family. Usually it’s given to you at someone’s death.
Peter gives us five declarations that describe our inheritance in heaven:
Reserved: You need a reservation to get into heaven, and you can only make that reservation through Jesus. Once you put in your reservation, it can never be canceled.
Pure: Your inheritance isn’t fake. It’s the real deal.
Undefiled: Your inheritance can’t be corrupted. You can’t lose it—ever.
Beyond the reach of change and decay: Your inheritance won’t wither, die, or lose its value.
Priceless: The value of your inheritance can’t be measured.
In fact, God has already written the final chapter of your life. If you’re a believer, you’ve got a reservation in heaven! And you cannot lose your salvation. You can trust in that. You can believe in that. You can place your hope in that.
Talk It Over
Why is it so important that we’re able to trust that God’s gift of salvation is secure?
Have you ever struggled to believe in the security of your salvation? What helped you overcome those concerns?
Have you trusted Jesus for your salvation?
The Bible says we can only get to heaven by trusting in God through his Son, Jesus Christ. And we don’t have to earn God’s love or work our way into heaven. The Bible says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).
If you haven’t trusted in Jesus and committed to following him, why wait any longer? If you’re ready to step across that line and make a decision to believe in Jesus Christ and follow him, pray this prayer:
“Dear Jesus, you have promised that if I believe in you, everything I’ve ever done wrong will be forgiven, I will learn the purpose of my life, and you will accept me into your eternal home in heaven one day.
“I confess my sin, and I believe that you are my Savior. You have promised that if I confess my sin and trust you, I will be saved. I trust you when you say that salvation comes by grace, through faith, and not by anything I do. I receive you into my life as my Lord. Today I’m turning over every part of my life to your management. You have the right to call the shots in my life.
“Jesus, I want to use the rest of my life to serve you instead of serving myself. I commit my life to you and ask you to save me and accept me into your family. In your name I pray. Amen.”
If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at Rick@PastorRick.com and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.
This devotional © 2019 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.