Paul ended his letter with a focus on the future. He knew that hope for the future gave power in the present. Notice what that future focus does.
In John 1:5, the Bible mentions that the world (darkness) did not comprehend Jesus. In other words, the creation did not recognize its Creator. People often misunderstood and misquoted Jesus, yet He remained focused on His mission of redemption.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Do you recognize how fleeting your popularity can be (Lam 1:7-8)? Do you lean on your gifts alone or do you focus on building your character?
Take the following self-assessment. Which areas could use some work?