In this passage we are reminded that as Christians our eternal home is the goal. We were made for intimacy with God. Ultimately, we are longing for a life lived in the presence of God. Our hope is to be made right with God, to dwell with him and to be raised up. But for now, we wait on the promises of God. We wait for, long for, hope for - with confidence. In this passage, we are encouraged to persevere, to live empowered by our future glory with Jesus. Our perseverance is not static. We grow. This is the practice of the Christian life.