“In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1Pet 3:15)
There are times when I meet hopeless people. They are so entangled by the sins of the past or by the troubles of the present that they cannot see any hope in the future. The opposite of hope is called despair. That means you either have hope or you have depression. No one who has hope will kill another man or commit suicide.
As a believer you should never despair of life, no matter the circumstances. Even if the doctor says that your sickness is incurable, even if your spouse says there is no more marriage, even if you find yourself kidnapped in the bush, even if armed robbers shut their guns…in all things and all circumstances, as a believer in Christ, hold on to your hope! For as long as you breathe, you have to believe that God has a plan that includes hope for you.
If you are born again, your soul was not saved with silver and gold. Jesus died for the forgiveness of your sins. The Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross was the price God paid for the saving of your soul. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a Gospel of hope. It presents forgiveness for the past sins, healing for the wounds of the present and hope for the future. There is no greater better news that man can ever hear in this world than this: God loves you and He sent His only begotten Son to die in your place, that you might live! I believe God’s Word! My soul is saved now! That is my faith! One day my body shall be redeemed too! That is my hope! I believe that after my work is done here on earth, I shall go to heaven to live there forever, in the presence of God. That is my sure hope!
Maybe you ask: What is hope?
Hope is defined as the confident strong desire and trust that the future is better than the present or the past; it is the joyful anticipation of greater things to come. To have a glimpse of hope, you must look ahead and upwards. Hope is a very strong spiritual chemistry of the heart. It is not weak at all! It is not just wishful thinking that ‘maybe one day things will change, somehow…’ No! Hope is sure of the reward ahead!
“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it” (Rom 8:24, 25)
In the Bible there are two things connected with hope: it is invisible and it is located in the future. It may not be seen at this very moment but it is there for sure! It is worth it to believe in hope and to wait on God! It is worth it to persevere until the invisible becomes visible. That means believe that one day, the promises of God will become visible testimonies. If you are born again, there is ‘a holy eager restlessness’ to see the manifestations of God’s Word in your life. Patience does not mean passivity. I wait patiently but I also have an active faith to desire to see the fulfillment of God’s promises. That is why I believe in miracles! The sickness may give me fever but it cannot destroy my hope that one day my body will be healed!
This is my testimony:
Like every human being on earth, I was born a sinner. I did not believe in God. I was successful as a wife, mother doctor and all. But inside my heart I was hopeless and troubled. I did not believe in heaven or hell. When people tried to convince me about the existence of God I had many reasons to prove to them that they are foolish and their faith is a joke. Prayer to me was a waste of time. Church for me was a business center for ignorant people. Many tried to preach to me but I was too proud of my unbelief. But things started changing…the words of hope coming from the anointed lips of the true children of God made me hungry to experience the same. I was too stubborn to accept defeat immediately but little by little I sensed a new strange desire in me to have a new hope. I needed something to sustain me and my family.
The first time I read the Bible it was not pleasant at all. I did not find hope or encouragement in it pages. But something really happened. As much as I hated the truth, I became ‘addicted’ to it. I sensed that God wants me to pay to price to come closer to Him. I suddenly became desperate to become God’s friend. I was tired to be His enemy. I continued to read the Bible. I welcomed the pain of repentance. I was hoping against hope to find hope one day… Limping and weak, I finally touched the Cross. To my great amazement I met the Savior there waiting for me, no words of condemnation from His lips, just love to heal my soul. I became truly born again by the Spirit of the Living God. What a change…Eternity is not enough for me to tell my story, how Jesus came to save my soul…
This is my boast: In Christ I believe that I shall go to heaven. For the unbelievers my hope seems like denial of reality, foolishness and day dreaming. I am not surprised…That is how I felt in the past…But we are commanded to patiently give a reason for the hope living in us. Explaining the reality of the hope of glory is one of the greatest ways to evangelize others. Remember, that the world has no hope. Only the believers have hope. Jesus (who is God) says: “My prayer is not for the world, but for those You have given Me, because they belong to You” (Jn 17:9).
As a believer in Christ I have hope because Jesus prays for me right now where He is in heaven. I am sure that one day I will meet Him in heaven. There is no need to be angry at my hope. No need to fight it because it cannot be destroyed! Not even death can destroy it! It is a Living Eternal Hope, the gift of God to me! But if you humble yourself and come to surrender your life to Christ, my hope shall be yours too. I promise you, this is the truth!
In Christ I declare:
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand”
In Jesus name