4 … since we heard of … the love which you have for all the saints; 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel 6 which has come to you … (Colossians 1).
A true “hope … in heaven” will change how we treat people on earth—especially those with that same hope. Why? Because we understand that heaven is a holy community of the kind of people we rub shoulders with in worship, and the love we show them now is simply the beginning of what we will experience forever above.
Believers who are not loving one another have their eyes fixed on earth rather than heaven. While focused on earthly desires and goals, they do not see their brothers and sisters in Christ as such—but rather as competitors and sometimes even enemies. But if their hope is fixed on heaven, their perspective is changed so that they see that “the word of truth, the gospel” does not take sides among those who believe. It will take every single one of us to heaven.
Lord, help us This Day to hope in heaven, so that we might love the brethren. Amen.