All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
—1 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NLT)
Priceless. Precious. Costly. This is how He regarded me, or He wouldn’t have paid the greatest price for my life. How priceless, precious, and costly is He to me? Do I praise Him with each breath? Do I live for Him instead of myself? Do I treat His mercy and His grace as the most priceless gifts He could possibly render? If so, I live this earthly life filled with great expectation. If not, the thought of a priceless inheritance in heaven has little meaning.
Earthly life decays. It changes with each feeling. It presents circumstances that are sometimes beyond comprehension. It often claims our thoughts and directs our actions. Life here are earth tries to lure us away from our first love, and attempts to pull our focus from what He has promised. Without Him, we are alone, and have little expectation of our priceless inheritance in Him.
There is the priceless promise of heaven—a place of the greatest peace. It is pure and clean. There are no earthly struggles to tear apart. There are no feelings to destroy. No more weeping. Only joyful reunion with our Savior and our loved ones. There we shall live in freedom without constant battle against this world’s heartache. But it is now—here on this earth—that we live for the expectation. It is here that we become acquainted with the joy of what is to come. It is here we receive “His heaven on earth” to carry us above earthly pain—to give us a vibrant hunger for His promise.
Faith is the key to this promise. When I believe—when I trust—when I surrender to His love, the Holy Spirit empowers my time on earth. He protects and holds me safe in His promise. One day I shall no longer only partly know Him, but I will know Him entirely—as He has always known me. But for right now—for this moment—for this day, I choose to live His power. I choose to live His humility. I choose to live His grace. I choose Him, because He regarded me as priceless, and chose me.
My last day on earth will come. My last breath will one day be drawn. And He will take me from the wonder of His love I have experienced on earth into the wonder of His promise in heaven. Death will be swallowed in victory. From glory to glory, joy will yield to greater joy. Earthly purpose will no longer have any meaning. Expectation shall receive its promise, and my inheritance shall be priceless.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher