Just the word ‘hope’ is comforting. As I was painting the shed yesterday, listening to my MP3 player, I was thinking about HOPE. You either have it… or you don’t. The Lord impressed upon my heart two things:
Need HOPE? Meet Jesus!
Life can be overwhelming, daunting, feel worthless… suffocating. Without Jesus – life is definitely those things. If you don’t know Jesus, not just about Him, than it can definitely seem like there’s no hope. Romans 5:1 says that we can have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Then, in vs. 5 it says, “This hope does not disappoint.” A relationship with Jesus does not disappoint. He is hope. If you don’t have any hope – MEET JESUS! How can someone “meet Jesus?” 1 Cor. 15:3-4 explains it well, “That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 2 Cor. 5:21 completes the picture, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Each one of us has sinned at one point or another, and that sin separates us from God, eternity in heaven and a relationship with the Father. But, when you read 1 Cor. 15:3-4 and 2 Cor. 5:21, we see that Jesus became sin, he bore our sins so that we can have a bridge to get to the Father. Are you desperate for HOPE? Confess your sin to God, accept Jesus’ gift of salvation and make Him Lord of your life. Turn to Him, read His word (there’s a boatload of stories of HOPE) and get to know the Source of Hope for this life and eternity.
Have HOPE? Share Jesus!
If you already have a relationship with Jesus, than you have that HOPE. Sometimes, we forget about the HOPE that is in us! It’s easy to do, the burdens of life, a tragic crisis overtakes us, uncertainty clouds our view, anxiety fogs our path. It’s at these times that we must dig deep within ourselves and remember the HOPE that we have until we BELIEVE in it once again! John 16:33 says, “You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” That, my friends, is hope. If you have Jesus – you have HOPE – no matter what life is throwing your way right now!! Just think for a moment what it would be like to be going through what you are going through, without Jesus. Thank you Jesus that we have HOPE in You! So, if we have hope – and there’s people that are suffering the same types of things that we do with Jesus – than we need to ‘share the LOVE.’ Share the HOPE. Share Jesus! In 1 Peter 3:15, Paul urges us to “always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” Someone out there needs to hear about the hope that is available and accessible through Christ. Will you tell them? If you have HOPE, share Jesus!