The Grace to Come

Some have said that one can be so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good. I disagree. It is the great purifier . . . it is the great motivator . . . it’s the reason to fight the good fight . . . and to run the good race. It is the culmination of the salvation the prophets inquired of and which the angels long to look into. Peter says it is the reality we are to set our hope fully upon . . . that it is the grace to come.

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”   (1Peter 1:13-16 ESV)

There’s much that goes into the call to be holy as God is holy. It starts with a rebirth . . . the receiving of a new heart . . . the realization of a new nature . . . the regeneration of a spiritually dead person into a spiritually alive person. It’s dependent upon a Father who has purposed to conform His own into the image of His Son . . . a work begun of the Father, enabled by the Spirit, to reflect the reality of Christ in me.

But, there are some dynamics in this holy living equation that involve me. It certainly requires some determination on my part to see the work of God realized in me . . . an act of the will to desire to walk in a manner worthy of the calling . . . a decision, as much as lies within me, to be obedient. But at the essence of that determination, desire, and decision, is a focal point. And that, Peter says, is the hope of the “the grace that will brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” It is focusing on the grace to come.

Historically, when the church has recaptured the reality of the imminent return of Christ . . . when they have lived with an “eye to the sky” . . . when they have had ears listening for the trumpet . . .when they have risen with each sunrise with the thought that “Perhaps Today!” . . . then there has been great revival. Lives lived unashamedly for Christ . . . trials endured with all joy . . . light evident in a darkness . . . salt infused in the world through obedient children of God . . . reflecting something of the Son of God within a world so loved by God.

As much grace as the redeemed of the Lord have known there is yet a grace to be realized at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Take the abounding, abundant favor we have received and imagine it multiplied exponentially and that is what awaits us when we are promoted from living by faith to being face-to-face. And that reality is something we should set our minds on . . . that glory is something that we should purposefully program our internal GPS towards . . . the grace to come.

Setting our minds on things above . . . attaching our affections to that not yet fully realized . . . being focused on what lies ahead and the One who will be there . . . that’s the driving motivation for wanting to be holy now . . . that’s what renews the inner man and keeps us keepin’ on . . . that’s what convinces us that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom. 8:18). That’s the heavenly mindedness which bears the fruit of earthly good.

O’ that I might set my hope fully on that grace to come.

By His grace . . . for His glory . . .

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