Glorious Hope (Part 2)
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.- Titus 2:11-14
You cannot claim to be serving the Lord and not be hopeful because as a believer, you should be conscious of the fact that God is a rewarder. The system of the world rewards the diligent; that is why everyone keeps aspiring to be diligent. If man, in his human wisdom knows this, how much more God that cannot fail? It is my prayer that you will learn to rely solely on this God and as you do that, God will prove Himself mighty on your behalf, Amen.
As believers, we are to share our hope with the people of this world. Do not always look at yourself in the perspective of the past. If things were not working for you when you were an unbeliever because of the family you come from, now that you are born again, you have the right to pitch your tent to whichever family you prefer; the spiritual or the physical. Remember the spiritual governs the physical, so, if your physical family does not make you happy, then, pitch your tent with the family of God on the earth (Eph.3:14-17).
Wherefore remember, that ye being in the time past gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands. That at that time, ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. - Ephesians 2:11-12
The above verses refer to our former state. This is the destiny of a hopeless man without Christ; the condition of the ungodly or the condition of a believer who does not know who he is in Christ. But thank God verse 13 is our present state:
But now in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. - Ephesians 2:13
The blood of Christ has unified us and brought us to the covenant therefore, whatever has been against us in the time past are bound to give way. We have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and we have been brought to the kingdom of God's own Son; the kingdom of hope. It is not yet over on this side of the world because Christ is our hope, so do not allow anyone to echo the voice of despondency and hopelessness in your ears. The future does not belong to the children of wickedness, but it belongs to you. Circumstance or the devil cannot control your destiny as long as you cling to this hope.
Prayer: Lord, help me to rely solely on you, to trust you even when I cannot trace you. I choose to see myself in light of your word and to lay hold of your glorious promises for me in JESUS NAME.
Further Reading: James 5:7-11
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 14:1-15:16; Mark 14:53-72; Psalm 53:1-6; Proverbs 11:4