I have a hope, I have a future.
Tommy Walker’s song has an infectious groove, proliferating a contagious attitude. Believers, we have an overwhelming joy because you and I have a hope and we have a future because of the atoning sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ today, as always, is a controversial figure in our society. That’s been the case since he first came on the scene. The religious leaders of his day were confounded by him and his teaching with authority. Who did he think he was, they begged to know? But that’s really fodder for another blog entry. I digress.
Because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, I have a hope and I have a future.
This world of ours certainly presents each of us with our fair share of trouble. That’s true whether you call yourself a Christian or not. Followers of Christ aren’t immune to sorrow, disease, heartache, devastation, persecution, disaster, addiction, depression…to name just a few. Go inside any church and you’ll find broken people living troubled lives just like everyone else in this world. The church consists of imperfect people living imperfect lives. That doesn’t mean we aren’t trying to get it right. After all, we are set apart, new creations clothed in righteousness. Not our own righteousness, but the righteousness imparted to us through the gift of God the Father, through the atoning sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ.
God has a plan. He’s always had a plan. It’s not to harm us, but to prosper us. Sure as the day is long, trials will undoubtedly come our way. But as a Christian, I have a different response-ability than I did when I was swimming in my sea of unbelief. Through Christ, I have been redeemed. Therefore, I have a hope, I have a future.
All praise and glory be to God for doing the thing in my life that I could not, would not do for myself.
I have a hope. I have a future. Because the God of Heaven loves me.
He’s waiting to shower you with His love too. Will you make room in your heart for Him today?
1 Peter 1:3-9(ESV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.