Why You Should Have Hope for the Future
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.
Jesus is coming back for His redeemed people and Eden will be restored to His original intent; living in peace and harmony with God, forever. Following Christ means that you have hope for the future and His glorious return. Hope is the feeling of trust, expectation, and desire for a certain thing to happen. You have hope that you will finally see Christ in a joyful splendor. You have hope that you will be given a new imperishable and immortal body free of sin. You have hope that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
We suffer a little now rather than suffering a great deal later. Everything that you do should be future-oriented. Think of the long-term rather than the short-term. You should anticipate future consequences that are either good or bad for every choice and action that you take.
Remember, keep your gaze on heavenly things and everything that you do should be for the glory of God. Your hope is in Jesus Christ and everything that He says shall come to pass. Your reward is not of this realm but stored in heavenly places. Do not give up and take courage. The Lord himself will be your strength.