May 29, 2015

Our Glorious Inheritance

Revelation 21:1-4

If we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

—  Romans 8:17

Glory seems like a vague description, but it is the single word that best captures our future as children of God. Though the details of this inheritance are not made clear to us, what is certain is that all of God’s children are heirs together with Christ of a glorious future.

That glorious future is depicted briefly in Revelation 21 like a movie trailer meant to tease our curiosity. In our skewed priorities we tend to focus on streets of gold and gates of pearl. But the image in Revelation 21 that should capture our imaginations is not precious jewels but the priceless relationship we are promised with God. “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.” The greatest treasure is that the distinction between heaven and earth will disappear, God and humanity will live together in heavenly perfection. There will be no more separation from the Father, no more wandering from home rejecting God’s perfect love. We were created to know God as he knows us.

This sneak preview of heaven reveals that this relationship will finally be complete. The vital relationship between our Father God and all his children is the crown jewel of this new and glorious reality.

Father, our souls long for the day when our faith will be sight. Thank you for these glimpses of glory in your Word. May we live with expectant joy as we await that day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Rob Jansons

Rob Jansons is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in Monroe, Washington, where he has served for almost twenty years. He and his wife, Sue, have been married since 1989 and have three daughters. Rob spends time each year in Calcutta, India, working with a Christian ministry to children living in slums. He enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest, camping with his family, reading, writing, and being a pastor.

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