I like things that can never be taken away, especially really good things. Change is awkward and uncertain but the things that remain constant are a comfort to our soul.
We have that soul soothing promise when it comes to our inheritance in God. It will always be, never changed, taken away or altered in any way. It’s a living hope in which we have been born again into through Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead.
So, what does a “living hope” mean for us?
So often we toss the word “hope” around in a loose and often uncertain manor saying things like “I hope so” or “I really hope that happens”. The word is used to express a great desire for something good to come about but never knowing before had if it really will.
Peter reminds us that we have a “living hope” in Christ. Not a fleeting or conditional hope but one that is alive and active and produces good fruit in our lives right now when we walk in a faithful trust of our very certain inheritance in Him. An inheritance that we don’t have to wait for but the benefits are available to us now.
To “hope fully,” is to live with great certainty, confidence and with a desirous heart that Jesus will return with grace for us all. It’s a hope that doesn’t wait for something to happen but lives expectant and certain it already has. When the trials of life hit, our living hope breaths peace, contentment, and joy into our hearts because of our undefiled certainty in Christ even when times are hard. It’s a confidence in the One who paid the ultimate price for you and I, and the One who acted in and out of a great love for us. A love that is so great and deep it can not be measured.
May your heart be lifted up with great certainty and hope fully in our Lord’s unfailing love and imperishable inheritance you have in Him.
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