SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017
Key Bible Verse: So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. (1 Peter 1:6)
Dig Deeper: 1 Peter 1:3-12
An eternal life has been won for us by Jesus on the cross. It matters that our future is secure eternally in Jesus. Where we are headed after death changes how we live here and now. This is what Peter calls the imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance kept in heaven for you (1 Pet. 1:4). Are you letting that future shape your present?
Because of the then, we live differently in the now. Paul wrote, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14, ESV). The promises of Christ are not merely to deal with the past. The promises of Christ are not only to a future hope of a heavenly home. The promises of Christ are for right now. Connecting with him and living for him today in the joy of the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ right now, I press on.
The tomb is empty, and the promises are guaranteed. The future we have in God is without bounds. That is why we hope. That is why we’re happy.
– Tim McConnell in Happy Church
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