HOW HOPE AFFECTS ME
..and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2
The word Paul used when he said we ‘rejoice’ is ‘boast’. The word ‘hope’ is the same as ‘certainty’. We boast in the certainty of the glory of God. John put it this way, “But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure” I John 1:3
Hope is not just something relegated to a future time. It has present significance for how I live today. John’s message reminds me that when I die, I will be glorified and be like Jesus. If I live in the certainty of that, that being my ultimate dream, wouldn’t I want to start now by being like Jesus? If I live for that day, then why would I want to live in sin? I will start, even now, to prepare myself for that future glorification.
Our society has some sayings regarding hope. “I hope against hope.” “I hope for the best.” Neither has the feel of certainty. Biblical hope is to live in certainty that what God has promised, He will deliver. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Heb.6:19
Though my body is aging, though it knows disease and decay, I live in certainty that on the day I expel my last bit of breath through my lungs, I will immediately take in my first breath of celestial air. My body will instantly be in its prime. I will have energy I’ve never known, even on my best day. My mind will not be bogged down with limitations and distractions. I will be free of all sinful bents and addictions. Because Christ rose from the dead and was glorified, He gave this same hope to every child of His Father’s.
If I am waiting for that day, and if my heart is fully vested in its reality, I will start today to be like Jesus, think like Jesus, and feel like Jesus. Though I am limited in what I can do with decaying flesh, I can do something about my soul. I make it my goal to know the immeasurable greatness of His power toward everyone who believes. There is no ceiling for internal change for every one of God’s children.
Everyday, my likeness to you, Jesus, should be greater than the day before. Keep me, by your grace, on this upward climb. I take deep joy in the promise of being like you. Amen