December 1, 2014
“Now Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God … And the secret is simply this: Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with him the hope of all the glorious things to come.” Colossians 1:15, 27 JB Phillips
Where do you find hope? The real kind .. the kind of hope that makes “life worth living” .. the kind of hope so secret you have to give it away? You can place your hope in anything .. or anyone. But only Christ has scars with your name on it. The kind of scars that remind you not of your past but of your future. The kind of scars that floods hope into hopelessness. The “act of faith” by Old Testament or New Testament men and women is no different today. Their lives were not easier. Things were not simpler. Life was more difficult all around. But they placed their hope in the God who delivered, helped, protected, provided, shielded, strengthened, redeemed, restored, forgave, and loved them in everything about their lives. Until .. God became Hope .. Alive. Hope breathed the same air .. walked the same paths .. lived the same life .. as you live today. The God of Hope became visible. Hope is not found in an ideal, but in the person of Jesus Christ. It’s his life that makes your life worth living. Why..? Because He knows the first and last day of your life and His love isn’t based on how “you” live the middle. He will be your life if your hope is Him. Anything less will not leave you with hope .. but only a wish or regret. And the great news about Jesus is that His hope is now. He has the scars to prove it. It only takes a moment .. and He won’t let go.
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.” Hebrews 11:1-2 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Hope-infected followers of Jesus.(firstname.lastname@example.org)