Precious sisters, when trials got you down, I beg you to remember God’s lavish goodness toward you and I:
To the temporary residents dispersed in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ … According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:1-5)
I know when we are going through a trial the days can seem longer, but remember that at any moment that day can end and you will receive the inheritance Christ has been storing up for you in heaven—the best of which is Himself!
When you are struggling, imagine that face-to-face meeting when you will fall to your knees before His glorious, shining presence, and He will take His nail-scarred hand and gently wipe your tears away. Then with that beautiful hand, He takes yours and leads you to living crystal waters, as Revelation describes. After you drink from that incredibly refreshing spring, you turn to Jesus and He extends a smooth stone to you. On that stone is a special name, one you haven’t known, but that He’s always called you. The name lights up your heart with even more joy, though you didn’t think it was possible to be any happier. Then He smiles at you and gestures toward a gorgeously lush tree with twelve kinds of fruit and tells you to have your share. All the while, everything around you is teeming with light and life and vivid colors and fascinating sounds you’ve never seen or heard on earth. Surrounding you is a vast number of your fellow brothers and sisters, all rejoicing to finally be home with their Father, Friend, and King.
This isn’t a fantasy. This is a reality. We are pilgrims in this broken, sin-sick world. This is not our home. Our home is nothing short of awesome. Live with home on your mind, where Christ waits to blow your mind.
Love you sisters.
You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith — more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire — may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your temporary residence. For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:6-9, 13-21 HCSB)