“And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.” Romans 8:23-24a (ESV)
In A Layman’s Guide to Applying the Bible, Walter Henrichsen describes four approaches to hope. Some will have no hope, others a misplaced hope, and still others an ill-defined hope. But as followers of Jesus, we have a clearly defined hope.
Our hope is a vibrant inexpressible life in heaven with Jesus that will last the rest of eternity. It is not some vague promise of possible future reward but a clear straightforward promise of spending an eternity in heaven with Jesus. An eternity as Paul reminds us in 1 Cor. 2:9 that is so good we cannot even imagine it.
When we come to faith in Jesus, we go from no hope or ill defined hope to a hope that is beyond our wildest imagination! It is not hope based on the temporary things of this world…it is hope based on His promise. The firstfruits of this hope is the indwelling Holy Spirit.
When we come to true faith in Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit…and we are no longer the same person. We sense His presence and guidance in our life.
We are new creatures.
Don’t let the worries of this world drag you down…something far better lies ahead!
Prayer: Lord remind me throughout this day of the hope that lies ahead…and Holy Spirit, give me a taste of that hope when I become overwhelmed with this world.