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We Are To Rejoice In Hope
11/11/2009

We Are to Rejoice in Hope
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 9

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the sixth of our "Family duties" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to every Christian believer that we come in contact with.  And that sixth duty is also our 9th way to honor God.  

9.     "Rejoicing in hope," (V. 12)

As Christian men and women, we are to "Rejoice" in "Hope." 

To rejoice means, "To be happy."  It includes, "To express joy; to be glad, to delight, and to be cheerful."  That seems pretty straightforward and easy to understand, but what does "Hope" mean?"

To "Hope," means, "to expect or want something."  It includes, a "likelihood of success, or a wish or desire."

We are to be continually rejoicing in hope with our brothers and sisters in the Lord.  We have been given great promises of our future, and we have been saved - our attitude should reflect it. Again, this seams to be pretty straightforward and simple, but that is not always the case.

Living a Christian life is not always easy.  In fact we are told that we should expect to be treated in the same way that Jesus was treated - and that was to be hated and persecuted.  Remember we are Christ's servants.

Remember the word that I said to you, "A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. John 15:20 (NKJV)

As we serve the Lord, we might become dejected or even lose hope from time to time.  It is during these times that we need to remember that we are serving a mighty God who is able to empower us and strengthen us.  He will not call us to do any job that He will not equip us for.  

In a previous devotional we spoke of how we can lose hope when we don't see immediate success or fruit from our efforts of service to others, and this is a shame.  Just because we don't see the results that we hoped for does not mean that we were not successful doing what we were responsible for.  We should know that we were obedient and we should be content knowing that God's will was done.  

It is important to remember that we shouldn't need to see results to have hope.  We need to have hope especially when we don't see any positive results.  In fact we were saved with this very type of hope.  

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8:24-25 (NKJV)

Q:    So what are we to hope in or for as Christian men and women?

A:    Our "Hope" is to be in the eternal things that are promised to us by our Lord.  

We are told in 1 Corinthians 15:58,"be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."  And we are told in 2 Timothy 4:8 that we have a "Crown of Righteousness" waiting for us that will be presented to us by the Lord.  And I believe that one the greatest things that we can hope for, as faithful Christians, will be the greeting that Jesus promised to those who persevere:

His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' Matthew 25:21 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today - let's eagerly wait in perseverance for the day when that which you truly hoped for occurs - Jesus personally greeting you, saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we learn about our Christian walk and our hope in the scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you fixing your hope on eternal things?

APPLICATION: Don't be dejected and lose hope by looking at this world - instead be filled with hope by fixing your thoughts on eternity and how you will be spending it.  You only have one physical life to live - so live it unto the Lord, fixing your hope on Him.

Father, Thank You for the Hope you have given me.  Thank You for the promises contained within Your Word.  Help me to remember these promises that I have read when the enemy tempts me to think that I should doubt, fear, or be anxious about the things that I have to face while here on earth.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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