And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
The verse above has been my rallying cry of late. I read it every morning when I wake up. Because of what Jesus did, we now have a hope that is greater than anything this world has to offer. It is an eternal hope, a hope that if we keep our eyes focused on Jesus, we will get to sit with him forever. Imagine that, sitting with Jesus forever. I cannot think of anything that can even come close…just the thought of it sends chills down my spine. We need that hope in today’s world. It is getting really scary out there… from natural disasters to wars, sickness, human trafficking, and the list goes on and on. We NEED to go out into our communities and spread the good news, to give people the hope they so desperately need. This hope will not let them down, I can promise you that. To persevere through all the terrible things, we must rest in the hope that Jesus gave us…His Holy Spirit and His promise of eternity.
With all of that being said, that doesn’t mean we have to go around saying big prophetic prayers over people, or preaching to every person we see. The best way to give people the hope of Jesus is to simply love them. Go out of your way to show someone love through random acts of kindness. That is my challenge for you this week. Ask yourself, “How can I love people better this week?” Sometimes life is difficult, my friends, but rest in the hope of Jesus and His eternal perspective. It will not put you to shame.