Better Than Ever


8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9

Many will mock believers for believing in someone we can’t see, touch, or hear. And yet they’re the first to believe in a Big Bang Theory or some cosmic anomaly that just ordered the universe. It’s clear their spiritual minds are not open to the things of the Spirit.

The beauty of our faith is that we do have eternity waiting for us on “the other side.”

I sit next to Barb in chorus. Recently, Barb’s mother passed away. Last night Barb told me that she misses me asking, “How’s your mom?” because she would visit with her mother (age 97) throughout the week and most weeks I would ask her.

I thought about it and during a break in our singing, I said to her, “You know, if I asked about how your mom is doing now, what would you say?” With a tear in her eye, she said, “Better than ever!”

So, while we on earth grieve these losses, Jesus welcomes those of His into His kingdom. Barb’s mother is receiving the end result of her faith, the salvation of her soul.

Is this inheritance tangible? No, but it’s more real than anything we can imagine here.


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