"Without Christ... having no hope and without God in the world." Ephesians 2:12
I know of no sadder words than "No hope." Yet, that is exactly where the world is without Christ.
Imagine: no chance of success, no chance of happiness, no chance of eternal life. Without Christ life is hopeless. There may be an appearance of success or happiness, but these will be short lived.
An additional sad fact is that God's people often live their lives as if there is no hope. We seem to forget who we are. We live way beneath our ability and giftedness. We are children of the King. We are those who have received all of the promises of God. We are going to live forever. We are saved from eternal destruction. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Therefore, we must stop living as if we have no hope. We have Christ in us the hope of glory. Never give up hope. Never stop your God-given endeavor, no matter how hopeless it may look. For we have more than a cross your fingers hope. We have a sure hope. We have a hope with evidence. We have the hope of the Word of God. We have the hope of eternal salvation. We have the hope of Christ.
Therefore, whatever we do is to be done under the premise of that blessed hope. We call this faith. "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Do you do whatever you do by faith with hope? If you do, then you ought to have great boldness about the things that you do. If not, do something else. For whatever is not of faith is sin.
If we have hope in Christ, if we have faith in Christ, then we ought to have boldness of speech In Christ, unless we are ashamed of Him and His gospel. Therefore, since we have such hope, we should have great boldness in life.
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)