This past Sunday, our video from 2 Thessalonians ended with a profound statement. Did you catch it? It said “what you hope for shapes what you live for.” In our world today so many of us are limited in what we hope for because we are so short-sighted in the things we are hoping for. So often it is the best school to get into, or the best spouse to find, or the best job to get, or the best house to afford. All good things, but none of them hold the eternal focus that I would like to challenge you in today.
Praise to God for a Living Hope
1 Peter 1:3-9
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Times right now are difficult for us all, but we must keep an eternal perspective. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we can experience a living hope. A hope that our current trials cannot take away. May this season strengthen our character, and build up our resolve to be kingdom minded in all we do.
Let’s live for Jesus today! In whom our hope is found.
Prayer of worship and petition:
Words From Our Heavenly Father
Psalm 62:1-8 (CSB)
Trust in God Alone
A psalm of David.
1 I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.
3 How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you attack[a] as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering fence? 4 They only plan to bring him down from his high position. They take pleasure in lying; they bless with their mouths, but they curse inwardly. Interlude
5 Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before him. God is our refuge. Interlude