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1 Peter 1:3-4

 

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—

An inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 

 

While 1 Peter was written to the persecuted Christians of around 65 A.D., it could have been written to all of us in the 21st century.  Timelessness is the single greatest attribute that Scripture has for me.  Obviously, all of the stories, prophesies, and helpful instructions are wonderful, and I could not live my life without them.  But when it is all said and done, the fact that all of the Bible is so relevant to me today, is an example of God's saving grace.  We need only open the Bible to virtually any page, and we will find a "life lesson" that we can follow and use as our example.  Today's Scripture proves this point.  Christians are being persecuted in every city in the Roman Empire.  As we all know, the Romans were brutal.  Before we are too quick to look at our modern-day situation as better than 65 A.D., let's think about some things.  The government of the United States, whose motto is "In God We Trust," has banned corporate prayer in its public schools.  Most US government offices prohibit the public display of the Ten Commandments or any other Scriptural reference.  Several years ago, there was a major movement in this country to remove the phrase "Under God," from our Pledge of Allegiance.  Our Christian beliefs come under attack every day in this country, because of the liberal mass media.  Granted, we are not hanging any believers on a physical cross on Pike's Peak, but I am not sure things are better than they were in Peter's day.  That makes today's Scripture even more important.  The first thing Peter says in our Scripture today is so important.  Question yourself before heading out into the world and be sure who you stand for, in whose name you speak, and to whom you give all praise, honor, and glory.  Peter declares to everyone that his allegiance goes to God, who is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  That's pretty clear and we should make sure that our declaration, to everyone we come in contact with, is just as direct.  The Bible tells us to be bold for Jesus.  This is exactly what has happened to Peter since his address to the people on the day of Pentecost.  We discover why Jesus called Peter "the Rock!"   Peter explains that through God's mercy we have been born again.  Why?  The answer is simple.  Jesus was resurrected!!!  Are we still celebrating that?  Of course we are and we should continue.  It is the central reason all of us have eternal life.  Peter concludes today's Scripture by explaining that not only do we have this great inheritance with God, He and Jesus are watching over it until we arrive to be with Them forever.  The only retirement plan we need has been given to us by God, and Jesus is watching over it for us until we arrive.  Until then, we only need to proclaim His name, work for His Kingdom here on earth, and give God all our praise, honor, and glory.  Seems pretty simple doesn't it?  Simple yes, easy never!  Let me help you make it a little easier.  Use Peter's Scripture to help.  There is nothing to look forward to here on earth.  Yes, like Jesus, we will have small victories when people accept Christ as their personal Savior, are baptized, and work for the Kingdom.  I am blessed with people like that around me every day, and as a minister, it is such a joy to watch.  Ultimately though, this earthly world belongs to Satan, so don't store up your treasures here on earth.  Look up and rejoice!  God has your final destination planned already.  Imagine a retirement program at your work where all you have to do is show up and work hard for your employer and give them praise.  If you do, they make all the contributions to your 401K and you can never lose any money due to market conditions!!!  We would never leave such an employer or think of changing jobs, so rejoice in your priceless inheritance.  The "icing on the cake" is that in God's retirement plan, through His Son Jesus Christ, there is always "Open Enrollment!"