“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27-28
Hope in the world and hope to a believer are two completely different things. To someone that doesn’t know the Lord, hope is wishful thinking, a crossing of the fingers, a desire that has no promise of ever coming to pass, and is usually met with great pain, fear and anxiety. However, to a born-again believer who knows the Lord, hope is a confident expectation; a rest in the soul, a rejoicing in the heart no matter the situation, a pressing forward no matter how tired, an anchor of our soul, and a full persuasion when there is no visible proof. This hope we have in the Lord is what makes the Gospel the good news. Christ within you the hope of glory. Because Christ lives in us we have hope of not just spending eternity in heaven, but hope of a glorious outcome right now in our day to day lives. We are not without hope like the world. We have a hope that piques the interest of the unsaved. “How can you be so sure?” They ask. “How can you have so much joy right now?” They wonder. Our hope can win the lost. When they see our spiritual hope change into the glory of God being seen in our lives, and the thing we hoped for materialize in our hands, and the miraculous change that takes place in our hearts that is seen in our actions, it makes them want to know more about the hope we have in the Lord. Keep your hope in Him alive.
Prayer: Father, You are my hope. My trust is in You. Jesus lives in me and that is all the assurance I need in knowing You are at work in me mightily and You are also working through me and around me mightily. Thank You for the hope I have in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Ephesians 2:11-13; 1 Peter 3:15-16; Romans 5:2)