DEVOTION:How Does Hope Inspire You?
The third foundational quality of a genuine believer is given in the same verse we find the first and the second quality.
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 1:3
These Christians in Thessalonica had faith that produces works, there was evidence of labor prompted by love, and in spite of the persecution they endured it because of their hope.
But what kind of hope is this? In other words, hope in what? In a few verses following, Paul explains the hope of these Christians.
The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. I Thessalonians 1:8-10
Did you see how Paul describes their hope? Here it is:
They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. I Thessalonians 1:8-10
In these verses, the hope of the return of Our Lord Jesus Christ inspired these believers to turn away from worshipping idols in order to worship the One and Only Living God. It is the hope of eternity with God when Jesus comes and takes His own to spend eternity with Him in Heaven in the presence of God the father.
Here is a quote about hope by Hal Lindsey. It is not Biblical but it expresses the importance of hope.
“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air…but only for one second without hope.”
Kenneth Boa says,
“Humans can survive the loss of almost anything – but not without hope.”
One wonders how Christ was able to go through the pain on the cross without complaining or fighting to be relieved from it? In the book of Hebrews we find an answer to this question.
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2b
This is exactly what happened to the Christians in Thessalonica. Because of their hope of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, they endured trials and persecutions. And Paul commented them for this endurance inspired by hope.
1. How has hope inspired you? Are there incidences or circumstances in your life that you can say, if it were not for hope, I wouldn’t have survived? Can you list these circumstances?
2. How does hope inspire you today?
3. Just because we are Christians or children of God does not shield us from problems. In fact, in many instances, because of the enemy, it creates more challenges. And for Christians in countries where Christians are persecuted, it means life and death. Here is a verse I find to be extremely inspiring in times of challenging moments.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
4. Do you have any challenging situations in your life today? Are you dealing with a never-ending physical problem or pain? Or does life seem unfair to you? Just remember the above passage. And may the hope of eternity inspire you today.
5. Is there any other way that this passage speaks to you today?
I consider that our present sufferings
Are not worth comparing with
The glory that will be
Revealed in us.
In Light of this
HOW DOES HOPE INSPIRE YOU?
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto