Hope

Posted: March 29, 2010 in The Word

There are tons of different things that we can place out hope in. People can place their hope in their job, education, children, parents, athletic ability, you name it, it’s there. Of all the things that was can rest our hope upon will always fall into one of two categories. Your hope will either be in something of this world, or it will be in Christ.

I’m not going to lie to you, it can be easy to place your hope in the things of this world. It’s easy to place your hope in your sport what you are getting letters from colleges every week. It’s easy to place your hope in school when you are in the top ten percent of your class. It’s easy to place your hope in your job when you are rollin’ in the money and getting promotion after promotion. It’s easy to place your hope in a relationship when everything seems to be going perfect.

Romans 8:20-21 says, “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”

These verses talk about the effect of sin on this world. Sin is a disease, and it came to this world to destroy everything. Yeah, everything. Relationships, dreams, success, families, you, and me. In those verses, Paul talks about how everything in this world is in bondage to decay because of this disease called sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death, so because of sin, everything in this world is in bondage to decay, or dying. You don’t thing that’s true? Name one living thing on this Earth that has never died, or that is not going to die. Sin ultimately ends in destruction.

So as depressing as I’m sure this is, there is still hope. If we choose to find and lean our hope on Christ, then we will never be left hanging. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can seperate you from the love of Christ. Romans 8:34-35 says, “Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”

When your hope is in Christ, you can never be hopeless. Andy Stanley said, “When you love, and you aren’t loved back, you still have hope. When you forgive, and are not forgiven, you still have hope.” We know this because if our hope is not in the world in the first place, then we have nothing to lose. But, our hope is in Jesus. And nothing can separate you from that.

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