Some things cannot be taken away.
In the last two weeks, each of us has learned that a pandemic can take away many more things than we’d prefer to give. It can take away your favorite restaurant. It can take away your gym. It can take away your school. It can take away airline flights, vacation plans, wedding ceremonies, and an eager 12-year-old’s epic Nerf gun backyard Rambo birthday party. It can take away March Madness, the NHL, and the Master’s. It can take away your job, your paycheck, and your economic security. It can take your friend, your neighbor, your grandmother.
But it cannot take your inheritance.
Even as Paul teaches in Galatians 4:4-7, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
Did you catch that? You who trust in Christ possess, and are possessed by, his Holy Spirit, for you are adopted sons and daughters of God, and if sons and daughters then heirs of your Father’s estate. And what does your Father possess? All things. What will you inherit? All things. A renewed and perfected Creation awaits you, a land flowing with milk and honey, in which neither disease nor age nor injury nor death stalk the living. This inheritance is guaranteed to your faith, for by his death Christ has purchased it for you. It is bought and paid for. No pandemic can take it from you. It is secure, for he who holds it for you is God Almighty.
Not even death can take this inheritance. So hold your head high, Christian, and be not afraid. To live is Christ. Yes, and to die surely is gain.
For some things cannot be taken away.