Hope. It is what most people build their lives on. If there is no hope, then why do we live? There is no point to living unless we have hope. The dictionary defines hope as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.” But the Bible defines hope as basically “A complete assurance that we are saved through Christ.”
Unfortunately, sometimes we feel like we have no hope. We have no desire, feeling or expectation for our future and we feel like there is nothing to look forward to. But one of the main reasons Christians believe in Jesus, is because of the hope he promises us. This is not the hope of this world, this is the hope that the Bible defines. The Bible says our hope is not in this world, but the world to come. One day we will bow down before God and this is when our hope will be fulfilled. Just as Peter says:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:1-3)
This means that God wants us to have hope in the Bible and a faith in him so that we have the chance to experience his eternal home. God created hope so that we can live happy lives on the earth but also so that we can be prepared for our future home above all things.
And it’s so great that we have hope! Consider this:
“Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2:12)
This verse shows that without hope, we would be dead and excluded from eternal life with God. That’s why we should be so grateful for hope! So we have hope and we are assured that we have hope, but half the world still doesn’t know about this good news. So we can use our hope for the good of others, by inviting them to youth group or telling them about the Bible and what Jesus did for them. Just as 1 Peter 3:15 says:
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Have a good week, growing in your hope in Jesus.
Nathanael, Year 7