What impact is the Christian hope having on your life?
When people look at your life, is it clear that you live with a hope the world doesn’t have?
Unbelievers might notice that you don’t get drunk, don’t use foul language or other “obvious” sins. But it’s more than that. Unbelievers should find our whole lives baffling — what we prioritize, how we raise our children, our life’s direction — because we should live motivated by a hope unbelievers do not share.
Think about Noah building the ark or Abraham leaving the land of his fathers to go to God’s Promised Land, without even knowing where he was headed. These actions aren’t a little puzzling; they are madness if you disregard Noah and Abraham’s hope.
In the same way, the disciples’ decisions to forsake the lives they had before Christ and follow Him, often to their deaths, also make no sense without taking into account their hope.
And what is the hope of Jesus’ followers?
A hope of resurrection, of eternal life, of glory.
A hope that we shall be like Jesus (1 John 3:2), conformed into His likeness (Romans 8:29) and co-heirs of His glory (Romans 8:17).
The Apostle Peter tells us to set our hope fully on the grace to be given us when Jesus Christ is revealed (1 Peter 1:12, NIV).
So I ask again, What impact is the Christian hope having on your life?