As a Christian, you have the unique ability to live both now and also in the future.
Do you ever confuse “hope” with “wishing”? When you say, “I hope I get a better job,” or “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow,” do you have confidence that what you hope for will actually happen? Or is your hope more like a wish? For the Christian, hope is believing. We put our hope in God, that what He says in His Word is true. And we put our hope in Jesus, that what He did on the cross counts for us now and for the future.
We can believe by faith that Jesus lives in us here on Earth, and we can look forward with complete confidence that Jesus is coming again to take us to heaven. This is not wishing hope. This is real hope, the kind that enables us to live for God now while we look forward to living with Him in the future.
We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God, while we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. Titus 2:12-13