“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.”
I Peter 1:3-9 NKJV
I have found myself amused at the futility of the people of this age. When I turn on the news, I hear of the grand plans of humanity, bent on looking past the perils of these times, and gazing earnestly forward to a fantasy future where all will somehow work itself out. In reality we are seeing the final gasps of a dying age, as this world is going through the preparation for the coming of the Lord.
In these times, there are those who look forward to an earthly inheritance, one filled with the greatest treasures that humanity can muster, filled with fleshly desires that do not satisfy and ultimately pass away. I think of Solomon and His cautions, of his telling those who would follow that all is vanity.
“Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 2:11 NKJV
After all of his examinations of all this world could offer, Solomon came to one inescapable conclusion:
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NKJV
As I ponder the futility found in this world, I rejoice when I consider the next, for we have a far greater inheritance, a heavenly one, which will never fade and never pass away.
Reading in I Peter this morning, which was much needed, for I need a daily reminder of what is to come, for the mere contemplation of the here and now can prove overwhelming. Through Jesus Christ, we have a living hope, found in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He not only died for our sins, taking away condemnation, but He rose from the grave, giving each who believes on Him by faith, a chance at new life.
Not only that, but we have the promise of glory, of eternity where He is, as we will be saved from this body of flesh, which will give way to a glorious form yet to be revealed. We have a place that is reserved for us, a promise from the Father.
In these times, it is easy to feel like that glorious future is so far away, but thanks be to God, He has left us His Helper, the Holy Spirit to be with us, and He has given us His completed revelation to instruct our hearts and minds.
Brothers and sisters, let us not be overwhelmed by all that we are seeing, but let us consider each day the coming Kingdom, of which we have been made joint heirs. Let us remain steadfast in considering what is to come, and faithful to look past the gold of these times, knowing that it too will perish in the light of eternity.
In the coming year, there will be trials, and some of us are experiencing those even now. Let us be reminded that these things are but passing inconveniences, nothing compared to the glory to come.
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:16-18 NKJV
Let us be reminded that what the Lord has for us is far greater than anything we can fathom, and has no comparison here on earth. He is working even now, on creating a place for us.
Rejoice, even in the face of suffering. Go with great boldness, telling all who will hear of this great salvation that you have received, for our world is full of people who desperately need to know that there is a better way.
Tell them of the glory to come, with great confidence, for the Lord is going before you. The Holy Spirit is working in this world, convicting those He will save. It is our job to go and find them, and make them disciples. Have no fear, for the Lord Jesus is with us.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
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