Yesterday we talked about living a life worthy of the Gospel. Yet we are not expected to live a perfect life. Paul himself confessed “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect”. Yet he does strive to live such a worthy life, and he gives two reasons. Hope in the future and power in the present.
First, we strive for a life worthy of the Gospel because this world is not our home. Rather “our citizenship is in heaven”. And not only that, but these bodies will not always be our bodies, but we will have glorified bodies like that of Christ. So this hope in the future is like a prize that is set before our eyes so that we may run with hope, run with a goal.
But we also strive because we have power in the present. Paul tells us that Jesus has the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Why should His power be strength for us? Because His power is at work to spread His own good news. And if we live a life worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, then that power is working in collaboration with us.