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Rejoicing in Hope
7/26/2016

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. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)

As Christian men and women we are to have great hope. In fact, we are told to rejoice in hope (Rom. 12:11).

Q:         So what does it mean to rejoice in hope?

To rejoice means: to be happy, to express joy; to be glad, to delight, and to be cheerful. While hope means: to expect or want something. It includes, a likelihood of success, or a wish or desire.

Practically speaking, as followers of Jesus Christ we are to be continually rejoicing in hope with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. We can do this because we have been given great promises of our future, and we have been saved. As a result, our attitude should reflect a rejoicing in hope. This seems to be pretty straightforward and simple, but this is not always the case, because our living a Christian life is not always easy.  In fact we very well may find ourselves in the midst of persecution and attacks. 

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)

Even though we might find ourselves becoming dejected or even losing hope from time to time, we need to remember we are serving a mighty God—One who is able to empower us and strengthen us. He will not call us to do any job He will not equip us for. Remember, just because we don’t see the results we hoped for doesn’t mean we were not successful doing what we were responsible for. As long as we were obedient, we should be content knowing God’s will was done. 

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)

As Christian men and women, our hope is to be in the eternal things 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.” Also, we are told in 2 Timothy 4:8 we have a “Crown of Righteousness” waiting for us, and it will be presented to us by the Lord. I believe one the greatest things we can hope for, as faithful Christians, will be the greeting we will receive from 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)

I want to encourage you today to rejoice in the hope of hearing Jesus tell you one day soon, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we learn about rejoicing in hope from the scriptures contained within this devotional?

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

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Guard yourself against losing your hope, or becoming dejected when looking at this world. Instead, choose to 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 choose to live it unto the Lord, fixing your hope solely in Him.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: 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 within Your word when the enemy tempts me to think I should doubt, fear, or become anxious about the things I have to face while here on earth. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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