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If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1 Corinthians 15.19 (NIV)
News came a few weeks ago that our friend’s Mom passed away suddenly. She hadn’t been ill – but went to the hospital after feeling poorly – it wasn’t long before she went within the gates. Her passing reminded me of how quickly my own mom was taken home to heaven almost six years ago. They were nearly the same age. Both of these women walked their earth path with the Lord Jesus – they knew Him and trusted Him with their life. Their hope was solidly planted in His promises. It’s easy in this life to put our hope and trust in a paycheck, a lovely home, and all the dressings of a family — but when we take our final breath, where will our hope be then?
For the answer to that question let’s visit with our good friend, the Apostle Paul. Before Jesus, Paul was what most of us would consider a man of affluence. He was a member of the Sanhedrin Court – with other men considered influential in their day. His hope and trust were placed in his social position – BUT THEN – and it’s a big BUT THEN! Paul met The Master and everything changed. Suddenly, Paul came face-to-face with the HopeGiver and he had a radical adjustment! His hope shifted to the Truth of Jesus Christ. His Hope became eternal and his life became a sacrifice. Paul wrote today’s LifeVerse, If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. His hope, and mine, are planted in Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension. Is yours?
Father God, in Jesus’ Name, I ask You to search the hearts and minds of all those reading these words today, especially mine, and show us O God what real HOPE is and how it can change us and give us the promise of eternity with You.