Tuesday, August 10, 2021
When you hear the word HEAVEN, what do you think of first? Maybe you think of Jesus, and seeing Him face to face. Maybe you wonder what your mansion will look like. What will crystal-clear streets of gold will be like? How big is the actual city of God? Will I see family and friends there?
All of these things and countless more will be revealed when we stand in the presence of God. But one thing we rarely if ever think about will also be revealed. It is something we will receive when we arrive. Not having it today causes us much anguish. But living now with an expectation of it is very healthy and helpful. The Apostle Paul describes what we will receive in Galatians 5:5.
“For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.”
While it is true that our standing before God has been declared righteous, not one of us is living in perfect righteousness. And it bothers us. We feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit every time we sin. We feel the shame of having disappointed our Lord. We struggle daily to do better. We know the hurt of having hurt the Savior.
But Paul says that when we stand before Jesus in heaven, we will be granted righteous perfection. Sin will be abolished. Shame will be destroyed. Hurts will be healed. Tears will be wiped away. We will experience perfect righteousness.
So instead of beating yourself up for every failure, remind yourself of what’s coming – the hope of righteousness. Today, through the Spirit of Jesus in you, by faith in His work for you, live in anticipation of what’s promised to you. Eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness perfected when we see Jesus.