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A Living Hope

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Hope.

We all “hope.” We hope for better futures, health, and success among other things.

When we awake in the morning we bustle about living our everyday life: Eat. Learn. Work. Play. Repeat. But what do we do when these things don’t deliver? What do we do when our living isn’t producing hope? When our working results in frustration? When our playing proves boring?

But what if these things were never meant to provide us with the hope we are all looking for? What if our living, our working, and our playing were never meant to fulfill the expectations we all have? The Apostle Peter wrote a letter to a group of displaced disciples. Rather than beginning his letter with sympathies regarding their situation, he begins with celebration over who God is and what he has done.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” he writes, “According to His great mercy he has caused us to be born again to a Living Hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

A Living Hope.

A hope not tethered to circumstance and probability, but anchored to a promise of eternal life secured by the death and resurrection of Christ.

As followers of Christ we do not find hope in how we live, where we work, or when we play—but rather, we bring hope to these areas because we have a Living Hope.

And it’s this Living Hope that draws us to follow Jesus, become like Jesus, and engage in the mission of Jesus.

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