More Than a Fleeting Hope

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[3] 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, [4] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, [5] who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:3-5

Hope is a funny word isn’t it? We talk about hope in different contexts all the time. On the one hand, hope can be seem as something trivial and inconsequential. “I hope the weather is nice today? On the other there can be a deep and meaningful longing in our hope. “I hope that these two countries will come to a cease fire soon.”

Despite the many ways we use the word hope in our day there always seems to be something missing. A real sense that our hope will last. We hope the weather will be nice tomorrow, but we also know that bad weather will come again. Or we hope that the two countries will stop fighting, but we know it is only a matter of time before they fight again, or war breaks out somewhere else.

In this way, hope is temporal. It won’t last.

As a Christian; however, we have a different kind of hope. Our hope, according to the apostle Peter is living. Not only is it living, but it is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. Why? Because we have a perfect and unfading inheritance, from our heavenly Father through Christ.

What is our perfect inheritance?

Our perfect inheritance is God himself. Once day we will be with him, in his perfect kingdom forever. All of the hard, all of the tragedy, all of the bad weather, all of the bad things from the trivial to the serious will be gone. And we, as God’s people, will be in his presence forever experiencing the fullness of life, joy, and pleasure that only he can give.

As the Psalmist writes in Psalm 16:11:

[11] You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

If this is true. If our hope as Christian is living, unfading, and imperishable. If it is linked to our forever and perfect inheritance that God has for us. Then the question remains, how should we then live? How should our lives as Christians look different from those who have a temporal and fading hope?

Peter answers that question in 1 Peter 1:13 when he says:

[13] Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

One, we set our hope fully on God and the forever joy and life we will one day have when Christ returns. Secondly, we work with an imperishable and unfading joy and hope, for his kingdom purposes, knowing that one day our hope will become a forever reality. All things will be made new, and we will be with him forever.

So set your forever hope on God today. Remember that you have an imperishable inheritance. And live every moment, doing the work of God with joy, knowing that one day your hope will become a forever reality when Christ returns.

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