Our Hope Is in Christ
“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…knowing that you were ransomed…not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13, 18-19
Hope has always been a hard concept for me. I can be very prone to despair, and as far as I can remember, I have always been this way. The Lord has been faithful in sanctifying me over the past couple of years regarding my response to trials, but there have been countless times where it has felt (note that I wrote “felt,” not “actually been”) impossible to be joyful in the midst of painful or uncomfortable circumstances.
The thing I can’t afford to forget is fruitful trials are the result of faith, hope, and trust in the sovereign goodness of God. Unfruitfulness in suffering stems from fear and self-pity. The only way we can be hopeful in seasons of pain or tested patience is by hoping in something - or someone - that transcends our earthly circumstances.
Scripture exhorts us over and over to live in light of eternity. The entire book of 1 Peter is written to the severely persecuted church, and yet Peter’s focus throughout is not on the plight of the reader, but rather on the imperishable nature of the believer’s inheritance in Christ. The security of this eternal inheritance and identity is the only thing that can truly sustain us when our earthly kingdoms come crumbling down around us. Our little empires all fall in the end - yet, how often do we set our hope fully on them? Instead, set your hope on the grace of Christ.
Father, convict me where my hope rests in things or people that are perishable. Transform me to cherish my eternal inheritance above all my other opportunities, responsibilities, or identities. Show me the insufficiency of my worldly goals, and demonstrate Your power and eternality in contrast. Forgive me for my hopelessness. Cause me to hope in Christ. It’s in His name that I come to You. Amen.
Look up a dictionary definition for the word “hope”. Use a concordance to find some other verses that speak of this kind of hope mentioned in 1 Peter.
Jessica is a native to the Appalachian mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, although she now resides in northern Virginia with her husband. She has been a lover of reading since elementary school and a lover of Christ since high school. She is a full time English major, in hopes that her studies will help her more effectively minister to other through written words. Her favorite things in the world are British tea, old books, autumn leaves, dry humor, and rainy weather. Her goal as a writer is to demonstrate how the Gospel, objective truth, and sound theology are not only applicable, but essential, to all aspects of life as a woman, especially in a world that celebrates sin, false doctrine, and self-sufficiency.