“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand” (Colossians 3:1, NLT).

For some, waking up is hard to do, especially after too much partying the night before or just a bad time sleeping. Many people rely on coffee to help them focus and give them energy, to give new life, so to speak. Even the smell of freshly ground beans is enough to start the waking process.

Believing in Jesus and his saving grace for the first time is like waking up to a brand new reality, one filled with forgiveness, freedom and hope for the future. But with time, the drudgery of life can cause that reality to fade a little and make us wonder which is real—the picture of no more tears, sorrow or death, or the pain and suffering of today. By keeping our sights on the realities of heaven, we can wake up every morning to God’s fresh mercies (Lamentations 3:23). Whether or not you like coffee, however you wake up, remind yourself as you start your day of his love and grace and your new life in Christ.

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