Glorying in Your ‘Living Hope’

Posted on May 6, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Dark Days
I heard a particularly gruesome story on the radio about the death of a child. I will spare you the details, but suffice it to say that it is fresh evidence on just how low the human race continues to sink.

It is ironic in these “enlightened” times (according to secular humanists) that human wretchedness continues to fester. But really, believers shouldn’t be surprised; after all, what we have here is society imploding, the just deserts of nations which mock, degrade, and deny God. And things are getting ever worse.

Our Great Hope
For believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, however, there is a grand and wonderful hope. There is a soul-refreshing and cleansing hope. There is glorious and living hope. The apostle Paul describes it this way (italic added):

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope ­– the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-13).

The great and glorious hope for the believer is that no matter how dark the days get, how godless society becomes, and how murderous the human race grows, for the Christian there is only hope, the return of Jesus Christ.

It is the one sure hope believers have in this world which is cracking at the seams. It is a hope that says, “The worse thing the world can do is kill me; and if the world kills me, I get to be with Jesus right now, and then join Him when He returns to planet Earth.”

Your Living Hope
But more than this, the return of the Lord Jesus Christ is your “living” hope. Though Christ’s return is future, the hope of that return is alive; it exists at this very moment within your heart and soul.

And yes, though you are to serve God and man as best you can while here, you are to be thinking of Christ’s coming. After all, your residency here on Earth is temporary; your permanent residence is the eternal state, Heaven (whether “up there” now, or here on the redeemed Earth; see 2 Peter 3:11-13; Revelation 21:1).

Regarding your residency, or better yet, your “citizenship” in Heaven, Paul writes: “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). Note the present tense: you ARE currently seated in Heaven with Christ; your eternal destiny has been signed, sealed, and delivered!

Therefore, you are to be looking up. Yes, you need to toil here on Earth, but Paul encourages you not to forsake your true calling. He says: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). What does this mean? It means that every aspect of your life should be dictated by your love for Jesus Christ and your desire to obey, honor, and uphold Him.

A Hope You Need to Share
Don’t keep this hope to yourself! If there is an unbeliever in your life who is despondent over all that is happening in this world and has lost hope, make sure to share your hope with him or her. The Apostle Peter writes: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

Yes, you have a living hope! Don’t let this world get you down. Glory in your living hope, and while you’re at it, make sure to tell the “hopeless” in your life all about it!

David Ettinger has been writing for Zion’s Fire since its inception in 1990.