You’ve probably heard the story of the old man who finally got a hearing aid. His doctor asked him what his family thought about it. The old man replied, “I haven’t told them about it, yet.” The doctor looked and him and said, “Why not?” The old man shrugged and said, “They have such interesting conversations. I’ve changed my will four times.” Inheritances are a funny thing. People fight over them, go to court over them, and sometimes break up families just to get money. A large chunk of money perhaps, but it’s not something you can take with you – as should be evident.
The end of the book of Revelation is a description of heaven. It is a beautiful place. Everything is new. God is present. In fact, God’s presence is so strong that we won’t need a Temple to sacrifice to Him and we won’t need the sun, moon, or stars. It is a place that is so wonderful, that it can only be inherited, not earned. “Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” (Revelation 21:7)
Lest that word “victorious” throw you, we won’t be having a knock down drag out court battle over this inheritance. God is talking about people who are victorious over life and over sin. The next verse, in fact, describes those who are not victorious and it can be quite frightening. I’m sure that most people can see one or two categories that describe themselves in that list. So what makes me victorious in light of that list? It is my relationship with Jesus Christ that gives me victory over sin. Do I slip and fall at times? Yes, but my lifestyle is not one that revolves around any of those sins. My life and my lifestyle revolve around Jesus Christ.
God doesn’t change His will. The requirements to inherit from God have stayed the same. My inheritance will come not because of any good that I have done, but because of the grace of God through Jesus Christ. I stumble and fall, but God not only forgives me, He picks me up, and He gives me the strength to overcome my failures. That inheritance is available to all who commit their lives to Jesus Christ. That is the only way to be in His will.
Lord God, lead me each day. On my own I stray away from Your desires. Let my life reflect Your goodness and grace. Let me live each day in Your will.