“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” (1 Peter 1:3, ESV)
Consider the phrase, “living hope.”
Normally, hope is a distant point of arrival. It draws us along our life’s timeline, making us wait with baited anticipation for the joys we will experience at a future date. That’s how vacations work, or any other awesome event we’re waiting for. It’s a future hope creating in us an excited desire, today, but it doesn’t necessarily change my character or current circumstances.
“Living hope” on the other hand, transforms everything I am, and everything I am experiencing, right now! It breathes life into everything we do in this moment. My hope in heaven reminds me that I’ve been born again, now. This future hope encourages me to be true to what the Spirit in me is doing today. I only have heaven because I’ve been transformed in this life.
Let your belief in heaven do more than give you an anticipatory excitement for what is coming. You have heaven because you’ve been born again. You have chosen to live higher than simply getting the most out of this life. Heaven informs everything you do because it’s not only a future hope – it’s already in you, desiring earth to look more and more as it was intended.
Let the light in you shine because a piece of heaven already resides in you!