January 19, 2016
“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for..” 1 Peter 1:3 MSG
You’ve been given HOPE .. a living hope .. an indwelling hope .. and a resurrection hope. It can never be lost .. destroyed .. or taken away. Why? Because when Christ moved into your life .. literally exchanging your hopelessness with his life .. the abiding HOPE of Christ moved in forever. Hope is found in Christ. You can’t separate Him from it. It’s not a faceless characteristic or positive virtue. It is His life working in and through you. There are moments where you may feel hopeless because you’re subject to all the forces and brokeness of this world. God doesn’t spare us from those moments and when you do face that moment .. that season .. that report .. that disappointment .. that emptiness .. there is Christ. He is there at just that place in your life .. and slowly .. faith step by faith step .. His life begins to renew your strength .. renew your heart and mind .. and replenish the hope that carried you through it all. Our hope is anchored in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. That fact of history reaches right into every circumstance in your life today. The noise or temptation to turn to something else may assault you relentlessly. But Jesus has promised through nail scarred hands and feet to never leave you or forsake you. He is your true HOPE in the face of every storm, trial, and endeavor. It’s in Christ that we find hope .. place our hope .. and trust in hope ..”because He is our everything to live for”. As the old Montana hiker likes to say: “it takes a long obedience in the same direction” to realize the treasure of hope found in Christ. It only takes a moment .. His grip will not slip..
“Everything that goes into a life pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God.” 2 Peter 1:3 MSG