MINISTERING THE HOPE OF JESUS
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm, and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”
Hebrews 6:19-20a, NIV
In the times that we are living in, people are looking for hope anywhere that they can find it. I heard one pastor say it well— “our biggest problem today is more than just a drug problem, political problem, or a race problem. It’s a hope problem.”
People are in constant pursuit of hope. In everything that everyone does, they seek happiness and satisfaction. When they cannot find lasting happiness, they search for it in something else. This can lead them to do things both sinful and altruistic. But in the end, nothing satisfies their need for belonging, love, and joy. They need hope!
We who are in Christ have hope. According to Scripture, the hope that we have is an anchor for our souls! We have a hope that allows us to stand firm through the storms and difficulties of life. Who is our hope? According to this passage, our hope is Jesus! When we are hurt, we can find healing in Jesus. When we are lonely, we can turn to Jesus. When our present sufferings are too much to bear, we can look up to Jesus! We have this hope in Jesus, and we are tied to Him like a ship is tied to an anchor!
But many do not have Jesus. They do not have the hope that we have. May we never be people who experience this hope exclusively in church. May no souls be lost in the seas of life simply because we did not share the hope they needed to hear. Now more than ever, the world needs Jesus! Lord, give us boldness to bring hope to a lost world.
This week’s devotional is written by Erik Bastos, a Northpoint Junior from Ludlow MA. Anyone who knows Erik experiences his compassionate heart for people. Erik is a leader amongst his peers serving as Junior Class President, and Street Team Leader. Hailing from Ludlow Massachusetts and majoring in Pastoral Ministry, Erik’s goal is to bring the Gospel to the lost, wherever they may be.
For the Glory of God
The Westminster Confession of Faith has this question in it: “What is the chief end of man?” Many people may have different answers to this question, but the confession answers it this way: “To glorify Christ and enjoy Him forever.” Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:31 states the following: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Doesn’t that sound like the beginning of the answer to the earlier question?
Here is what both are trying to say: all the Christian’s life ought to be lived for the glory of Christ. That is regardless of where you are in life; whether that be sitting at a table and having dinner with your family, washing dishes, or you are at your local church gathering – all should be done for the glory of Christ. As you live this way, Jesus will be much more enjoyable for you daily, as your heart is transformed, and this enjoyment of Christ goes beyond this life and into eternity where we will surely enjoy Him fully forever! How I long for that day!
Now go live all of life to the glory of God and await that beautiful day where we can be with Him forever. Blessings, saints!
This week’s devotional is written by Gilbert Carreras, a Northpoint Senior from Providence RI and Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Majoring in Pastoral Ministry, Gilbert and his wife Hannah feel God’s call upon them to minister to the youth in Vanuatu.