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I see the Sabbath as practicing for eternity. The weekly cycle of work and rest is a microcosm of this life preparing for our final rest with God. You work and work and work throughout the week, then you make preparations to rest.
Jesus’ return will purify your heart when your expectation boils down to one thing: abiding in him. When dwelling in his presence is your supreme desire, then you can have confidence, when he returns, that you have spent your life on what matters most.
For the apostle Paul, anticipating the coming of Jesus—that moment he would see his Savior face to face—wonderfully concentrated his mind for decades. Nowhere is this impact more pronounced than in his work of making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Whether or not the difficulty we face is a result of our faith in Jesus, the hope we hold in his appearing can carry us through such trials. To that hope we look now as we explore four ways in which Jesus’ return empowers our perseverance through affliction.