You’ve probably heard the term “born again” in reference to our new life in Christ. First Peter reminds us of our new birth into the living hope through Jesus, in a way that both humbles and excites me. In first Peter 1:3-4 we find these words:
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 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 – kept in heaven for you,"
I love how he explains that our new birth comes with an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade and has been kept in heaven for you. How incredible is that?! If you happen to be one of the privileged few who have been left an inheritance on this earth, you know that that gift had nothing to do with anything you’ve done, but it has everything to do with who you were born to. Likewise, our heavenly inheritance is given to us only because we are born again in Christ. And unlike an earthly inheritance, this one will never perish, spoil or fade and is waiting for us in heaven.
I love it when the bible gives us a glimpse into what our eternal future holds. As we spend our lives playing in this sandbox that God created for us, with its finite laws of nature, time and space, one certainty always remains. Life as we know it will one day end for all of us. But for those of us who are “born again”, who chooses to bend our knee to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we have an inheritance in heaven that will never perish, spoil or fade. If you haven’t accepted what Jesus did for us when he died to cover our sins, I encourage you to do it today. And if you’re struggling with the concept of Christianity, I’d be happy to email you information that will help you understand it more clearly.