Living Hope

3 05 2011

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

What are we living for? I heard it said recently that without hope there is no purpose for our lives, without motivation towards something greater, there is no desire for anything good. Why have so many of my generation been characterized as apathetic, disinterested, unmotivated? Many would say it is a lack of hope in anything greater than themselves. “Eat, drink and be merry” can only last so long.

So the more I think about it, the more I agree. In my life, there is a constant sense of motivation, external and intrinsic. I want to do better for others and I also want to do better for myself. But even more than that, all motivation to do better or do more  stems from one concept: There is more to life than just this, there is something else larger going on.But what is it?

It reminds me of the verse when Jesus says that even if we do not praise Him the rocks will cry out. To me this verse says that God will make himself known regardless of whether people believe in Him. Even if I say insist there is no God, the radiant sunsets and rolling waves and majestic pine trees will scream louder “God is here. He is Lord!” I see God working in so many ways when I think about motivation, in my life and in others. I would be nothing without him, a body without life, a soul without meaning.

This is why over and over again I am grateful for the hope I have in God, that has been provided through His resurrection. This hope is a living hope, one that can motivate me day after day to pursue holiness, love, purity, humility, and a personal relationship with Jesus. What motivates you?

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