“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” (1 Peter 1:3–4, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What else do you know of that can never “perish, spoil or fade?” Even diamonds lose their luster. Contrary to to what you may have heard, diamonds are not forever. They are among the highest priced of precious gems, yet cannot compare in value to the gift of eternal life that is offered to us. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1. NIV 1984). Children of the inheritance.
Can you imagine not accepting a gift of diamonds? But there are many that have not and will not accept the gift of eternal life. “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13–14, NIV 1984). This is more than sad, it is tragic. It is foolish. It is, unforgivable.
My Advice – Take the narrow path. It leads to “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” For “what good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:25–26, NIV 1984). Because even this “world and its desires [will] pass away.” (1 John 2:17, NIV 1984). To paraphrase Lewis, “don’t let your inheritance depend on something that can perish, spoil or lose its luster.”