Faith, Hope and Love

ObeyGC2 agents believe so much in another world that they cannot help but begin to create it now.

I’m not talking about some sort of post-millennial Dominionism. I’m talking about working toward what Jesus prayed for, that God’s will might be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). In other words, they live a life of love for God and others. They do this because of the hope they have which arises from faith in God and the future He has promised. Frankly, I can hardly wait. Day-to-day, I find in my own life that the faith and hope parts are a lot easier than the love part. The faith and hope only directly relate to God. (I know, I know, the faith and hope have implications for my relating to others, but for the sake of this blog entry, I’m saying those implications are bound up in love.) The love part requires I love others. That’s often not an easy thing when it comes down to my daily decisions and lifestyle. That’s the hard work of beginning to create the future we believe and hope in, here and now.

Phil 3:17-20

17 Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 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. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.