mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. They know that they are … the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. They are looking for the fulfillment of the promise – the return of Christ and they are intentionally living like they are not citizens of this world. Yet Paul addressed those who then and even now live like there is no judgment. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. It broke Paul’s heart to see people who called themselves Christians live like this life is all there is. Hebrews 12:14, … without holiness no one will see the Lord. Paul had dealt with those kinds of people before in Romans 6 and 1 Corinthians 6. They thought that salvation could come without repentance and new birth. They weren’t looking for a promise. They were looking for pleasure. C. S. Lewis wrote, How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets real thing, it is irresistible. Paul concludes with this thought, 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Our eyes are not only on heaven but the fulfillment of the promised return of Jesus who will complete the legal transaction He began with His death and resurrection. If we are intentionally longing for the promises of God – especially the return of Christ – wouldn’t we want to be intentionally living for Him today
Do you know how I prepared for that “spring forward” that we experienced early this morning? I intentionally went to bed with the thought that in the future I will get that hour back.
How are you going to live while you wait for the completion of all God’s promises?
1. Live an intentional Christian life by looking to the future. That involves hope. If Jesus isn’t coming back there is no hope for you. But we know that He has promised to… come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. His return will bring history to a conclusion but will take you through eternity.
2. Live an intentional life in the present. Living in the present requires faith. Colossians 1:10-14, 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Hebrews 11 tells us about