Looking For Hope
Hope can be one of the most frightening, challenging things we are asked to hold onto as Jesus followers. Hope can be followed by pain and disappointment and is a huge risk. Therefore, it is good for us to know what we put our hope in.
Maybe you are…
hoping for financial provision that seems all too impossible.
hoping for a promotion that may never come.
hoping for physical health when sickness is always knocking you down.
hoping for security in your relationships…
The problem many people face is that, in their search for hope, they look in all the wrong places. One day the company may go under, money may disappear, a spouse maydisappoint, and health may deteriorate. When these institutions fail, and they almost certainly will, all hope is lost because it was founded in a creation instead of the Creator. It was a misplaced hope.
But there is good news! There is a true, solid, sure foundation on which we can place our hope. There is one who will never fail, never disappoint, and never leave. This hope is only found in Jesus.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” Hebrew 6:19-20
As Jesus followers, we have a hope that is secured through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He gave His life so we could live ours. He conquered sin and the grave so that we could live victoriously over both! And Jesus is not merely a foundation of hope; He is our hope! He is the hope for the world, the hope for our nation, the hope for your neighbor, and the hope for you and me.
As followers of Jesus, we have the responsibility to carry this message to a world in desperate need of hope. The next time you see hopelessness in someone’s eyes, introduce them to the only One who can provide true hope. Point them to Jesus.
This coming weekend is Easter, and people everywhere are as open as they will ever be for an invitation to church. In our weekend services, we will be celebrating Easter–Jesus’ resurrection–and we will be talking about our true hope. Are you willing to invite someone to hear about the hope that will never let them down?