We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth, the gospel
The sincere faith and love that always characterizes followers of Christ is unique in that it is motivated by and grounded in the hope we have in Heaven; i.e. dwelling in the unhindered presence of God, in the future. This is faith and love that is looking to something greater. It grows out of gratefulness and has a goal. It takes our eyes off of ourselves and puts them on eternity, freeing us to focus on others, knowing that we are eternally secure.