Exciting phrases, easy acronyms, and memorable lists formed from dense works of systematic theology can be helpful for the everyday Christian. While these reductions of God’s Word and His nature help us understand general frameworks, they are unable to help us understand everything the Bible teaches. It is one thing...
Here’s the question: Do you have what it takes to live in this world?
Do you have a hope in which you can rejoice? Do you have a patience with which you can endure? Do you know the help of God on whom you can call? Because all of this is offered to you by God in Jesus Christ!
When Your Hope Is in the World
Earlier this week, I set myself the task of answering this question: If my hope was mainly in this world, what would I do? What changes would I make? What would I do differently if my hope was mainly in this world?
1. I would take more time off.
I would slacken the pace. I would not work so hard. I would focus more attention on all of the things I want to do in this world, and I would live with the constant feeling that I am running out of time.
2. I would give less.
If my hope was mainly in this world, with all the things that I want to do, I need all the money I can possibly get to do them. The natural result of that would be to give less.
3. I would grieve more.
If my hope was in this world, then anything lost in this world would be an ultimate and an irreversible loss.
4. I would feel the need to seek my own vindication.
If my hope was mainly in this world, then this world would be the only place where things that are wrong could be put right.
I looked at my list and here is what was so striking to me: These are precisely the issues that Paul draws out in Romans 12! Do not be slothful in zeal. Contribute to the needs of the saints. Be patient in tribulation. Never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God.
When Your Hope Is in Jesus
When your hope is in Jesus Christ, and in all that he holds in store for you, your hope will touch and change every area of your life! So here is the invitation:
Place all your troubles in the hands of Jesus Christ and look in hope to him.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12). If you do, you will not be overcome by evil. You will overcome evil with good.