Note from Barry: we have been raised with Christ and are in Heaven right now… not the you that is on earth… but the perfect you that God sees in Heaven (and your beloved pets are with you!).
Forget about the time issues that affect us here on earth.
Raised with Christ
Words of the Apostle Paul from the New Testament:
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
When you accepted Christ as your Savior, your old sinful self died. It died 2000 years ago when Jesus died. Your new self was raised up with Jesus at the resurrection and is NOW hidden with Christ in Heaven at the right hand (or power position) of God. We didn’t do anything to earn this. We are given this only by God’s grace and mercy and are only asked to embrace this fact with faith that it is now true. If we only know that this is true, we should be able to change our behaviors to be more like the perfect us that now exists in Heaven by focusing on the things of Heaven instead of the things of this world.