From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
Peter exhorts, in his epistles, for Christians during difficult times in their lives to press-on. They are to live in constant awareness of Satan’s mission. According to I Peter 5:8, Satan’s mission is to destroy or to annihilate all those who have placed their faith in Christ. Later, John in the Book of Revelation warns them that upon Satan’s expulsion from heaven, after he and his angels were successfully defeated by Michael and God’s angels, the earth has become Satan’s base of operations. Satan is angry with God and desires to spiritually defeat those who are in the Lord’s Kingdom. One of Satan’s tools is to “break the spirit” of Christians. He is working from the assumption that if he can discourage them and cause them to think God has abandoned or doesn’t care for them, then they will relinquish their faith in Him.
This above strategy has been used by Satan for many years. It has proven to be one of his most effective tools in defeating Christians; thus, Paul cautions Christians to not be unaware of the various devices used by Satan to hurt them (cf. 2 Cor. 2:11). Peter, being fully knowledgeable of Satan’s techniques, writes to appeal to Christians to “greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials…” (I Pet. 1:6). Today’s devotional thought will highlight Peter’s fifth reason for Christians to “rejoice with joy inexpressible” (I Pet. 1:8). Satan’s desire is to turn their faith in God upside down. Peter was made aware by Jesus of Satan’s intent for him (cf. Lk. 22:31).
Peter pleads with Christians to remain steadfast, remain faithful and don’t abandon God when they experience difficult times, but rejoice and be happy. Why, because there is awaiting them an incredible inheritance (I Pet. 1:5). The challenge is don’t throw away your inheritance. Peter provides four astonishing attributes of Christians’ inheritance made possible because of Jesus’ resurrection (I Pet. 1:3-4). Let’s briefly examine Peter’s four attributes of the inheritance. (1) Christians’ inheritance is “incorruptible.” This indicates it is imperishable and is never-ending. Unlike this present world, our inheritance will not be destroyed; it’s eternal. (2) Christians’ inheritance is “undefiled.” That is, it’s 100% pure and spotless. John says the following about the inheritance, “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rev. 21:27). The inheritance will be and remain contaminant free. (3) Christians’ inheritance is unfading. It will never decrease in value. The inheritance is not like an automobile that loses its value overtime. The glory and beauty of the inheritance will not diminish. (4) Christians’ inheritance is “reserved.” The inheritance is safely guarded in heaven. No person, not even Satan can steal it. God is watching and guarding the inheritance. The great inheritance is reserved in heaven for those who remain faithful and who don’t quit because of trials in their lives. They rejoice with inexpressible joy, keeping their minds fortified on the inheritance awaiting them.
There are great truths and comfort in the song written by Oliver Cooper and Minzo Jones in 1946, “Heaven will surely be worth it all.” As Christians, there will be hindrances on the way and burdens will be at times so heavy, but don’t give up instead rejoice and be happy – thinking constantly about the inheritance awaiting the faithful in heaven.