what is different?

by Pastor Mark Jordan

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.” (1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV)

This week we are looking at things to help us not only make 2018 a different kind of year,  but ways to lead a different kind of life. Yesterday we looked at getting a new mindset…one that transforms as opposed to conforms. Today we’re going to look at what is different now that you are enlightened as a part of God’s forever family through Jesus Christ.

Peter wrote that Jesus followers are to live into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade. The choice of words he used to describe this new inheritance are interesting. On the surface, you can look around and see that this stuff of this fallen world is perishing, spoiling, and fading. This was true during Biblical times as well; consider Isaiah 40:8, which confirms, “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”  But when Peter wrote about an inheritance that is imperishable, unspoiled, and unfading, there are some intersecting insights. Imperishable means that the Jesus’ followers inheritance can’t be pilfered by an invading army; it can’t be polluted by outside influences like dales gods and false teachings; it also can’t tarnish. We need an inheritance assured by our hope and faith that is eternal. This is why we need a new hope…a living hope…one that can only be given by Jesus.

There is a great quote that says, “Jesus Christ didn’t come into the world to make bad people good. He came into the world to make dead people live.” This is the essence of our living hope that points us to an inheritance that never perishes, spoils, or fade. That is what is different. God wants to offer you the unfading glory that comes from accepting the eternal truth that cannot be ravaged or torn from you. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? It requires a transformed mindset, and we’ll delve into that a bit more tomorrow, but for now, look to God for a different kind of life that is not marked by the perishable, rotting, and tarnishing tokens of this world. Look for the eternal. Look for that which lives.

Prayer: Good morning, Lord. Thank you for the mercy you give me in Jesus. Help me to know that the glory you want to share with me cannot be pilfered from me, polluted, or tarnished. I need this knowledge to transform my hope, which comes to me through Jesus. I pray this in His holy name. Amen.