Think on: “God wishing to show beyond doubt that His plan was unchangeable, confirmed it with an oath. So that by two utterly immutable things, the word of God and the oath of God, who cannot lie, we who are refugees in this dying world might have a source of strength and might grasp the hope that he holds out to us. This hope we hold as the utterly reliable anchor for our souls, fixed in the very certainty of God himself in Heaven, where Jesus had already entered on our behalf…” HEBREWS 6:18-19
I contend that humans are hope-driven. We are the only mammal that is can have hope. We are able to think and thereby think of our future. I’m not talking about instinct here; this is conscious thinking. The cattle don’t journey to the slaughterhouse hoping that someone will free them. Deer don’t cross a road hoping they won’t be hit by a car or shot by a hunter. Fish don’t bite a hook hoping the fisherman will free them. And so on. But humans? We can have hopes and dreams that no other creature can have.
Hope is powerful indeed. I believe that hope enables vision, the supreme life-shaping purpose of our lives that helps us stay motivated and enthusiastic. It becomes a measure of your intrinsic worth. To develop authentically you must have hope to reach an achievable goal. I suggest that a supreme life purpose offers the firmest hope, and that is optimally grounded in following God’s word. A higher goal is critically important. After all, if you shoot into the ground – a low goal – you can’t miss; but of you shoot at a target, you must take aim. As we read in 1 Peter 1:13, “Get your minds ready for good use. Keep awake. Set your hope now and forever on the loving favor to be given you when Jesus Christ comes again.”
I believe the call is to develop a Christlike version of ourselves. To be loving and humble in our faith with a purpose to serve others.
Have you asked yourself what I’m getting at here? I think of the millions economically and socially enslaved in our inner-city plantations and places like Appalachia. Where is their hope? We lament the actions of a bunch of spoiled men in football uniforms barely revealing the shadows of the discontent that lingers. Instead of a solution, they offer a trap for a lower order of thinking in which hope has been depressed. Dare they hope to be understood? Our time on earth is merely a tick on God’s great clock. The truth should be spoken in love, not in acts that disrespect and discount others. To give hope to millions of long-suffering people trapped in their meager existences, we need action to give real hope with avenues to lift them from despair.
We must give purpose to build true hope. Someone characterized a rut as a coffin that’s open at both ends. Throwing goodies into the rut doesn’t lift people out. They need a way to climb out and a reason to do it. Hope is powerful indeed, as has the capacity to transcend despair.
Those guys I referred to on the football field stink at articulating their message and have chosen the wrong medium. They need to get off their knees on the football field, bend a knee at church, and get their collective selves and their money to the inner cities and the hills of Appalachia.