“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth.” Colossians 3:1–2.
If you ask how a distant future benefit causes love in the present, the answer is that the hope laid up for us in heaven inspires hope and confidence and freedom in the present. Of course, the link between the objective hope laid up in heaven and the active love for the saints on the earth is the subjective experience of hope welling up in our hearts.
If we want to produce the fruit of love for real, we have to set our hearts on the hope laid up for us in heaven. In other words, as you read or hear the Word of God, and as you rely on the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit this Year and beyond, you should consciously will to transfer your affections off the world and onto the hope laid up for you in heaven. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Halleluyah! Shalom!