where different?

by Pastor Mark Jordan

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This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:4b-5, NIV)

I want to revisit yesterday’s verses as we continue working through our points on how to have a different kind of year that sets us up for a different kind of life. We have looked specifically at what it means to be different, and why that’s important. Today, I want us to explore where different can occur.

As Peter wrote about an inheritance that cannot be pilfered, polluted, or tarnished, he said that it is stored in heaven. This might be hard for some to grasp, because we want to be able to hold on to our trophies. Let’s face it, though, we live in a fallen world prone to pilfering, polluting, and tarnishing. God keeps your inheritance in heaven for safekeeping, but also so we will keep our eyes on Him; otherwise, we might be inclined to turn into a Gullom-like character from The Lord of the Rings stories, clutching it while saying, “my precious.” This requires faith, which also points to what Peter shared in this chapter when he wrote about loving Jesus even though you cannot see Him, which delivers unto you the salvation of your soul (v.8-9).

Yes, God keeps the goal of your hope and faith in heaven, but that doesn’t mean that things can’t be different right here and right now. Jesus taught about how when two or three or more are gathered in His name, He is there (Matthew 18:20). Jesus also taught about how the Kingdom of Heaven isn’t something we can point to and say, here it is or there it is, because it is already among you (Luke 17:21). When we worship, study, serve, play, and pray together in Jesus’ name, we experience the glory of heaven in our midst. God gives us this foretaste of glory divine to enable, encourage, and empower us to enjoy the majesty of heaven, even while still in our murky world. So as you aim to live for heaven, don’t forget to look around and see the places where God’s glory is already manifest…it is in the beauty of the relationships we share with each other in the name of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the glory of heaven I can experience right here and right now as I enjoy doing life with others in hope and faith. I lift this prayer to you in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.