“To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you… Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:4, 8-9 NKJV).
Even after more than 25 years of traveling to preach in distant countries, I find that the planning and anticipation of each trip adds immensely to my enjoyment. When I first began going to the areas I now travel regularly I would pore over maps, read travel guides, seek information from acquaintances who had been there, and learn as much as I could about my destination. Part of my reasons for doing this was to prepare adequately for the journey, but part was just to prolong and enhance the experience.
At least once I remember that one of my first telephone calls after returning to the U.S. was to my travel agent to begin the process of purchasing tickets for the next journey. I had learned to make “part-time” travel a full-time occupation. And I have enjoyed that process.
On a more modest scale we often do the same thing when we purchase tickets or make reservations for a ball game, concert, theater performance, or even a meal at a good restaurant. And most of us begin savoring the event days or weeks before it actually occurs, usually as soon as the reservation is made.
Peter may not have gone to many concerts or ball games but he understood the power of reserved gratification. In the early part of chapter one of his first epistle, he lists the riches which we have in Jesus Christ. Among these are our inheritance which is “reserved in heaven” for us.
Some are blessed with wealthy relatives who are expected to remember them in their wills. The prospect of thousands or millions of dollars at some point in the future may be a constant hope for better, less worrisome times ahead. But many such hopes are disappointed. The relative may experience financial reverses lessening or erasing the inheritance. The person expecting to be an heir may be left out, or their portion may be much less than expected. The fact is that earthly inheritances are always uncertain.
But the inheritance reserved for those who trust in Jesus is “incorruptible and undefiled and… does not fade away.” It will never disappear or be fully consumed. It will never lose its value, nor will we ever tire of it. The concept of becoming bored in Heaven, “tired of all that singing,” is monstrous and unimaginable.
Later in this same chapter Peter describes Christian faith (and therefore its results) as “much more precious than gold” (1 Peter 1:7). The end of that faith is eternal salvation – the obtaining of our great inheritance.
When he gave the Twelve parting instructions just before his crucifixion, Jesus promised, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3).
When Peter wrote to Christians that our inheritance is reserved in heaven, he was applying the promise of Jesus to all believers, not just to the twelve to whom it was first given. We, if we are obedient believers in Christ, have a place reserved just for us. It has our name on it. There is no danger of God running out of room, or of someone else beating us to the best spot.
Through all eternity we will enjoy fellowship with God, Jesus and the righteous of all ages. Are you looking forward to it? Is your anticipation high? If so you already possess part of the great inheritance God has promised.