Something of interest I came across today, it read, “Life is too short, enjoy it! Eternity is forever, prepare for it.” For the person who posted it, maybe it was a message of importance to her and the world or maybe just a post. But if it were a message it did serve a purpose in my life. Long meditation brought me this conclusion, after immerse scrutiny of myself and the world around me, I realised we live in the opposite of this statement. Our minds have been tuned so much in preparing for our lives, planning them out that we become overly engrossed in now to forget there is death and with death comes the question, “What location will be the place of one’s eternity”. Well for those in the Lord Jesus Christ, he has provided the answer. He says I am going so that I can prepare a place for you hence heaven is our home.
Although this being the case, Jesus expects certain things from us to be in place as we live on earth. Besides holding on to our faith, living out our faith, working out our salvation with fear and trembling, endurance/perseverance through difficulties, He expects us to live in the hope He will return as the Risen King and Righteous Judge of the world, which brings us to our topic today, the living hope. Hope is an imperative tool and characteristic that everyone in the world has, helping us to look forward to tomorrow with expectancy and joy. Hope helps one to endure the process, the sufferings in today knowing tomorrow will be better. Whether consciously or unconsciously we hope that our situations will get better; hence the statement there is light at the end of the tunnel. We hope that we will graduate one day, we hope to get married, have kids and be financially stable. As years pass by even if all we hoped for came to pass, we will still hope for better/ the best. And not only that we hope our kids will also have the same if not better hopes than us; the cycle goes on and on.
Life is signified by hope, as long as one lives, one will keep on hoping and working towards those hopes, but once that which was hoped for comes to pass the hope for that specific thing fades out. Every day, month or year then becomes a day to hope again and have new hopes, but it is undoubtedly crucial to keep in mind that as Christians we have been called into a greater hope called the living hope. This hope far outweighs, any other kind of hope we could ever have because some never come to pass, but God is not a man that he should lie hence we are certain of our hope coming to pass. The Bible admonishes us that we not only hold on to this hope but to also know what this hope entails. Ephesians 1:18
This living hope entails of the return of Christ, the completion of our salvation and the adornment with eternal glory that awaits the children of God. This will be the long-awaited glory that will never fade away which will replace the temporary tent (our body) that we have now on earth. Let us, therefore, hold on to our hope, and not only hope in this life only but more the life to come. Paul says, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:19). We are to be pitied because our hope in Christ can never disappoint, and yet we chose the trivial things instead of longing for better things in heaven where nothing could destroy. May it be that as we live on this earth we will abound in this living hope and live in expectancy of the return of our glorious King and the Righteous Judge of all the earth. For as long as we have this hope, we will live our lives awake as the bride of Christ not giving in or too much to the things of this world that we forget the world and everything in it is transient.
In conclusion, let us keep this hope, may our focus be on where we will spend our eternity than to be blinded by all the other trivial things of this world. Let us keep this hope as the main hope, for we know as long as we have it, it is an anchor for our souls, and it secures us from drowning together with the world. It also helps to hold on to our faith in the Unshakeable King, Jesus Christ!
Lastly, I will leave with this powerful quote I wouldn’t have put it in better words, “Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” – C.S. Lewis.
Remember that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next!