Just as the testimony about Christ has been confirmed among you – so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One thing was common to the churches in Paul’s time; they all waited for the revelation of our Lord Jesus. They were expecting and hoping that the Lord would come during their lifetime because they understood that His coming would reveal their indescribable glory and power on this earth.
When the Lord returns, we will be transformed into His glorious nature, and these vile bodies of ours will be changed into the likeness of His glorious body (see Phil 3:21). He will come with great power and will subject all things to His authority. Every knee will bow to Him (see Rom 14:11-12). We will rule and reign with Him and will judge the world and even angels (1 Cor 6:2-3). This is the destiny of the believer. We are part of God’s kingdom, and we will be rewarded according to our faithfulness to His call (see Matt 16:27, Rev 12:12).
When believers live without this consciousness, they are bound to live faithless and weak lives that cannot truly draw people to the knowledge of the truth. But when believers live with a consciousness of the Lord’s appearing and remember that they would give an account of their stewardship here, they would live as pilgrims on assignment in this world and would conquer the world as agents of a higher kingdom.
Go into today remembering that as believers, our affection must be set on things above because we are citizens of heaven where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return (see Phil 3:20).