Peter wrote a letter to the brothers and sisters forced into isolation, scattered, and feeling cut off from the celebration of God’s Kingdom. (Sound familiar?) He said to them, “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).”
Have you ever wondered about this inheritance? Of course, you have. Did you consider what your legacy requires of you? As I pondered my heritage, an old Richard Pryor movie comes to mind. In the film, Brewster’s Millions, Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) must spend thirty-million dollars in thirty days to inherit three-hundred-million dollars. Brewster discovers the difficulty in effectively distributing a portion of his inheritance to a world unwilling or unable to participate. In effect, we have a similar problem.
Heirs Must Share
Jesus calls us to share our inheritance. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Matthew 28:16-20, NIV).” Imagine all the power of heaven and earth in one man. Now imagine that man handing to you even only a small portion of that power. And yet, Jesus gave us that portion, the ability to overcome the enemy, all the power (Luke 10:19, ESV). We have the power over the earth and the enemy of God and all the followers of the enemy. Why? Because we are His heirs and He expects us to distribute that share across this earth before we receive the rest of the inheritance.
Share With Others in the Silence
So, begin the distribution while everyone is silent, separated, and seeking. Tell three people and equip them to share. Help them to understand that they need not fear for the power was given to them, too. They have the power to walk on Satan’s serpents and to overcome his lies (Luke 10:19, ESV). (Just remember that Jesus also said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test,” so stay away from snakes (Matthew 4:7, NIV)) We are the heirs of a Kingdom, vast and alien to this world, yet called to distribute the wealth before coming into our inheritance.
Heirs of a Holy Priest Hood
Next time we will talk some more about our calling. In his letter, Peter admonishes the people to Be Holy, conducting themselves in a way pleasing to God. Why? Because we have the power of Jesus in us, we have the power as a Royal Priest (1 Peter 2:9, ESV).