Welcome to 2021… I know I am 6 months behind on that welcome but nonetheless, welcome. As we have been on this 2021 journey, I had this thought on my mind.
The one thought that kept coming to mind was this idea that while a lot of us believe that Jesus is alive and well, the idea of hope isn’t so much. I found that in conversations with people, especially people in our city here, they believe in Jesus, they believe Jesus existed, Jesus died on a cross, and Jesus rose again. But then you start talking about hope and the lights turn out.
People are separating hope and Jesus. There are those right now that believe in Jesus, yet don’t have hope. Maybe it’s been a rough season, some hard trials, some storms have done damage in your life, you’ve seen the dark side of humanity. So for you, Jesus is great and alive, but hope is dead. But we should know, we need to know, it is of utmost importances that you and I know that hope isn’t dead, hope isn’t still buried in the ground, hope has risen and is fighting on your behalf.
Here are three things I want to encourage you to seek, dwell, and tell about the living hope you have that’s alive and well.
I want to encourage you to…
- Be a LIGHT seeker:
- “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13
- The people in Jeremiah’s day was experiencing some hard times. For them hope was dead.
- But God promises them that if they seek him, they will find him, they will find hope.
- I implore you to seek God in everything you do and you experience the hope of Jesus even if.
- Be a TRIBE dweller:
- “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
- The writer of Hebrews understood that life isn’t meant just solo living. We were designed to live in community with others.
- We may learn in rows – but we grow in circles – we need each other to spur us on in living this great hope in Jesus
- Be a STORY teller:
- The psalmist David wrote: “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all people.”
- David understand that we as Jesus story tellers had more to declare about the wonders of God, the cross, the resurrection than anyone else would ever have.
- Story of Javier’s grandmother
- When you tell a story, your story, you are essentially allowing the hope you have in Jesus to be on display for the whole world to see.