THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The secretary at the legal firm called the florist to complain about a delivery.
She told him that he had delivered flowers to an associate firm in Chicago upon the opening of new offices there, and that the message stated, "Deepest Sympathy."
The florist began to apologized, and then burst out with the exclamation, "OH! NOOOO!"
The secretary asked what was the matter.
And the florist replied, "That means the flowers I sent to the funeral in Florida said, "Congratulations on your new location!"
5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
The "hope" of heaven is the mainstay of the Christian's life on earth.
With this "hope" we can fight temptation, stand in truth, and work steadily without reward on this earth.
For we know that heaven awaits us in the future.
We look forward to the welcome.
In that day we shall hear Jesus say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant....enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." (Matt. 25:21)
We look forward to the victory.
In heaven we shall put away our sword.
The banner of Christ's love shall be waved over us, and we shall enter into eternal rest.
We look forward to immortality.
Graves shall be unknown things.
There will be no more sorrow at all, and we shall bask in the "Light" of our Lord forever.
We look forward to holiness.
Here, on earth, it is a constant fight to keep ourselves from temptation and sin.
There we shall know perfect holiness.
We look forward to beauty.
On earth, we are constantly reminded of man's defiling pollution.
There in heaven we shall know an incorruptible beauty.
The thoughts of these things help us concentrate upon the future and put up with the present, knowing that this life on earth is only temporary.
Let the thoughts of "the hope that is laid up for you in heaven" bring "forth fruit" in sharing this wonderful "hope" with others.