God’s call is into His own kingdom and glory. The calling, with which we were called (Ephesians 4:1) began with God’s call.
For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12 NASB
Paul had exhorted, encouraged and implored the assembly [church] of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah to walk worthy of God,
“since it was to Him that they owed their call into His kingdom and to participation in His glory. Thus Paul combined the sweetness of evangelical preaching with the earnestness of evangelical admonition, thus he prepared the Christians in his charge for the continuous coming of Christ into their hearts and for the final coming of Christ” (Kretzmann).
We look forward to inheriting eternal life, God with us in the new heaven and new earth (2 Peter 1:11; Rev 21-22). Yet, even now we are in the kingdom of God’s Son, as Paul and Timothy taught the Colossians well.
I pray that this sinks into more and more saints (holy ones, made holy by the blood of Jesus). It would sure help us see ourselves as God our father in heaven does and do what He has created us in Christ Jesus to do.
“giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the holy ones in light, who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins” (Colossians 1:12-14). WMB).