Monday, March 5, 2018

Unfading Inheritance - Martin Wiles

Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever. Psalm 37:18 NLT
Nothing lasts forever—or so it seems.
Our small patio townhome is littered with family heirlooms. Among them, a washbasin, ice tongs, a corner shelf, a wall shelf, a china cabinet, war ration coupons, a high school ring, safe-driver pins, Bibles, two chairs, and a number of old pictures.
My wife and I cherish these family heirlooms and plan to leave them to our children when we’re dead and gone. We hope they will cherish them and not sell them at a yard sale or call in an auctioneer. These heirlooms—along with other old things we’ve collected over the years, will be all the tangible things we have to leave behind.
Loving old things as I do, I lament the throw-away attitude that now characterizes our world. I wonder where the antiques will be in the future. They will certainly be very old antiques. Manufacture quickly and cheaply is the order of the day. After all, when’s the last time you saw a fix-it shop that works on irons, toasters, microwaves, and other small appliances? Everything fades, but it fades faster now than it did in the past. I can’t help but wonder what tangible items my children and grandchildren will possess to leave behind for their posterity.
Based on what the psalmist says, not all inheritances will fade away with time and use. There is an inheritance that will last forever—and antique inheritance.
When I repent of my sins and seek God’s face, I receive the inheritance of forgiveness. Once forgiven, my sins will never be held against me again. Forgiveness doesn’t fade away, nor does God reinstate my sins and re-charge them to my account.
My inheritance involves abundant life. Life is abundant not because of the multitude of things I possess—I may well live on the basics, but because of the inheritance I’ve received. I can live with a peaceful state of mind, knowing all things are well between me and my Creator and that He has my life under His control.
But there is also the future part of my inheritance: heaven. A place with enough rooms to accommodate all who choose the same inheritance I have. A place where all things evil will be removed. A place where the inhabitants can worship their Creator and Savior for all eternity.
Latch on to the one thing that lasts forever.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the eternal inheritance You give us when we trust You as our Savior and God. 

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