Steven Curtis Chapman introduced us to an amazing song in 1994, "Heaven in the Real World." The late Chuck Colson stated the following in the introduction to the song.
"Where is the hope? I meet millions of people who feel demoralized by the decay around us. The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws we pass, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. And that's where our hope is in this country. And that's where our hope is in life."
It is easy to feel hopeless by what is occurring around us today from watching the news. It is in the small things to the large things we see a broken world. I can understand why people may lack hope when they look at our world, when they look at the circumstances. While we must accept the fact that we live in a broken fallen world, we must also accept the fact that God loves each of us in our brokenness.
Here’s what I know about hope. All man-made governments are broken. Even with the best intentions and noble purpose, it is, at best, an imperfect system created by imperfect beings. All governments are created within the context of this broken fallen world, but…
Jesus Christ picked 12 guys who were not the most educated or best qualified for the job. They were not leaders in the community, government, education, or business. By the world’s standards, they were of no importance, but Jesus Christ still chose them. He called them to follow, and they did. They were not perfect but they took the words of Christ, put them in their heart, and lived out the truth daily. It was through these followers the world received the truth and hope of Jesus Christ.
So where is my hope? My hope is in Jesus and nothing else. It is because of that hope I am committed to lead my family to the place where we:
- Each love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and mind.
- Put the word of God in our hearts and develop the habits of a Christ-follower.
- Focus on being in the world but not of it, to have a compassion for all people and desire to serve God through serving others, and to go and make disciples as Jesus commanded us to do.
It is time for us, as the Christ-followers we claim to be, to point the world to the reality and hope of Jesus Christ. This means we must move beyond the walls of this church and live out our faith in our neighborhoods, among our co-workers, and out in the world where there is little or no hope. It is time for us to let the power of God work through our hearts and go out into the world and bring hope back to our community, country, and world.
Posted on Tue, July 19, 2016
by Wayne Cotton