Will There Be Any Inheritance For Me?


This Sunday at Journey the Way my pastor covered a huge section of Scripture; seven chapters! The reason for the overview was because these chapters in Joshua demonstrate the division of the physical land for the people of Israel. In Joshua's day the tribes were to go in, conquer the land, and then take possession of it as God had given it to them as an inheritance.

One of the questions that I imagine coming up within the camp had to do with the land and space in that land. As the division of the land fell by lot from one tribe to another the anxiety of having enough space, enough of an inheritance had to raise its head. No one wanted the table-scraps of the inheritance. Everyone wanted a share in all the good that God had promised to deliver. I could see myself anxiously asking, "Will I get a good spot with plenty of water and trees?"

In some ways I'm tempted to think in those same ways today. I want to know if the promise of God's kingdom will be good enough? Will there be space enough for all of us? Will the joy of the inheritance be full? My selfishness can lead me away from sharing about the grace of God because I want to make sure I and mine get ours. It's purely self-centered, self-glorifying thinking.

The promise of God stands higher and greater than my own small little world and my own self-centered thinking. The truth is far better. Peter sums it up this way,

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3–5)

Do you see what Peter says about the inheritance waiting for us? It's imperishable (which means eternal), undefiled (perfectly pure), unfading (will never diminish), kept for you. What a beautiful reality about our inheritance. It's not something like land that could be great or could be lousy depending on where you end up. No, this inheritance, in Christ is superior in every way.

We don't have to worry about how good "our share" will be (it's all grace anyway). We don't have to worry about whether there will be enough to go around for everyone either. God is unlimited in his ability and grace. So we can announce to all, with full confidence that our Heavenly Father will give us (and them) the choice and best of the inheritance. We can be sure that what he has for us and what he has for others is a glorious, unfading, magnificent inheritance. We can be sure he will give us fully himself.