A Better Inheritance

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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It was our typical Sunday routine. My son Bryce and I walked out of our local church’s facility onto the parking lot. We were headed to our usual Sunday lunch spot (we are creatures of habbit).

Climbing into the car, before I could even ask what he had learned in Sunday School, Bryce asked, “Hey dad, you know about Jacob and Esau?” I love it when I can hear the wheels spinning in his brain.

“Sure bud, I know who you are talking about,” I replied. “What about them?”

“Well, you know how when their dad died he had to give stuff to one of them?”

Looking for the teachable moment, I explained, “I think your talking about an inheritance.” I waited for a deep spiritual reflection from my seven-year-old theologian.

“Sure dad. Anyway, when you die, can I have your ipad?”

I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or be sure to lock my bedroom door that night!

I love the way Bryce’s mind works. He was thinking about a future inheritance that was important to him. As believers, we should be doing the same thing.

Peter explains, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Peter 1:3-5).

Here are three great takeaways regarding our inheritance in Christ:

  • Our inheritance is better than anything on earth! Unlike the deterioration experienced by things of this world, our inheritance in Christ is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.” Why? Because…
  • Our inheritance is more secure than anything on earth! Fort Knox has nothing on the security of our inheritance because it is “kept in heaven for you.”
  • Our inheritance has earthly benefits. God’s power is guarding us “through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

In Christ alone, our inheritance is guaranteed to us and we are guaranteed for our inheritance. And that’s way better than an iPad!

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