What comes to challenge your persistent hope in Christ? In the revelation of God’s will? In your ability to live faith-full and anchored in the living word of God? The thief comes but for to steal, kill, and to destroy (Jn. 10:10). Do you know what thieves lie in wait to prey upon your weakness, and keep you from a steadfast hope in Christ?
Be sensitive to the thieves of hope and determine to possess your soul in peace. Waiting is neither thief nor reward, but a passageway to fulfillment. Do not be angry with time, cursing it with waste and regret. Honor time, and make the most of your calling. Embrace your vocation with fire, and be God’s vessel. Be inspired by Holy Spirit and share His message and ministry of reconciliation, given to you. Hope in God. Hope in his ability to help you fulfill your calling.
When was the last time you read the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7; Lk. 6:20-49)? Jesus lays out the helpers of a living hope (Matt. 5:3-48): heavenly treasure, comfort, righteousness, mercy, sonship, witness, obedience, service, relationships, faithfulness, loyalty, and peacemaking. Jesus also lays out some thieves of hope (Matt. 6): attention-seeking service, hypocrisy, vain speaking, public works, too much attention to earthly treasure, serving money as a god, anxiety and worry.
What stands against “the thief” is the life-giving presence of Jesus. Life, and that more abundantly. He is come (sounds like the Advent, right?). Bereans, let’s continue in Godly hope. Let’s rest in Christ and give no place to the thieves of hope. The work is finished; Jesus secured our victory. He has made us more than conquerors. Be of good cheer for He has overcome the world. Amen? Amen.
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