Today we will being to look at what hope looks like in the life of believer. In the Bible, hope is never a static or passive thing. It is dynamic, active, directive and life sustaining. This is becomes obvious as we read the Bible. If we take a concordance, look up the word “hope”, we will find reference after reference pointing out the active results of hope in the lives of those who truly have a biblical hope and live accordingly.
In other words, a biblical hope is not an escape from reality or from problems. It doesn’t leave us idle and just waiting. If our hope is biblical and based on God’s promises, it will put us in gear.
One of the first things we notice about hope is that it has results:
(1) It changes how we see ourselves. It changes us into pilgrim persons, people who see this life as temporary dwelling.
2 Peter 1:13 And I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder’ ( see also 1 Peter 2:11).
(2) It changes what we value. Hope, if biblical, makes us heavenly minded rather than earthly minded. Our Lord’s words here blast our deception away. (Matthew 6:19-21). (3) It affects what we do with our lives—our talents, time, treasures. (Titus 2:1-13, 1 John 3:1-3).
The Christian life, if it is grasped according to God’s truth, is a magnificent obsession with an eternal hope, a hope that does not lead to an escapist attitude, but to the pursuit of life on a whole new level. It makes believe on the potentials of this life as stewards of God. It gives us power to live courageously, to be all God has called us to be in Christ.
So then, why are we so quick to opt for earthly treasure and so slow to be obsessed with the heavenly? Perhaps it is because we do not believe in heavenly realities.
Scott Hafemann: Hope in God’s promises, therefore, is not a wishful longing but a faith-filled confidence for the future. It is simply impossible to trust one of God’s promises and not anticipate its coming true. To know God is to trust him. And to trust God is to trust his promises. And to trust God’s promises is to be sure of their fulfillment. This assurance concerning the future, anchored in God’s promises, is what the Bible calls “hope.”
In other words, a biblical hope is never an escape from reality or from problems. It doesn’t leave us idle, drifting or or just waiting for that great day. If our hope is biblical and not just a heavenly cliche or something just there “in case of emergency” , but hope will put us into gear.