by Sarah Nelson
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV)
Lately I’ve been riding the roller coaster of hope. A hope that our sons would make it home for Easter (they did). A hope that one of my children’s neurological exam results would be ok (they were). A hope that we will be moving in to our fixer upper home on the coast by mid-April (looks very hopeful). A hope for future medical tests and biopsies will come back negative (a bathed in prayer hope).
There is however one hope that doesn’t depend on circumstances. This hope doesn’t depend on people. It doesn’t depend on my works, my efforts, or position. This Hope is the assurance that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, I will be united with Him in heaven when I leave this earth. It is not the temporary hope of getting a new car, trip, or career. It is a hope for all eternity. It is truly the only hope that really matters, in this life we live on earth, and our life in Glory.
We’ve all been disappointed when our hopes for relationships, personal gain, or plans have been dashed. We can know that the hope God has given us for an eternity spent with Him will not be broken. Our inheritance is imperishable – it will never die! Our inheritance is undefiled – it cannot be spoiled or tainted; it is pure! Our inheritance is unfading – it will never lose it’s eternal value!
Put your hope in the certainty of Christ’s death, resurrection, and return. May your life and mine shine with the hope He has given to us in Him, and may others see “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27b (ESV)