Heavenly Hopes and Earthly Realities

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NIV)

Christians are faced with a dilemma that reveals itself nearly every day. Though we are citizens of a perfect land, we live — for now — in a degenerate place. On the outside we see evil being applauded while righteousness is scorned, leaving us weary. On the inside, we long to be what we can’t yet achieve, leaving us unfulfilled. This is as it will continue to be for a time, but thankfully not forever. To be sure, our union with Christ makes a great amount of difference in how we approach this life, deepening our character and strengthening our integrity. Even so, our great hope in Him is in future glory. God has not made us better people, He has made us new people...and citizens of a new land. (source: copied)

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Cor. 15:19).

Think on this: In what ways does the hope of heaven motivate you in this life?

"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27)

Additional Study: Read Paul's letter to the Colossians

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