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Hope Day 17. Hoping for a Harvest of Souls

By Bishop Wellington Boone  |   |  Category: Hope Devotional

“For we were saved in this hope” (Romans 8:24-25 NKJV).

I remember asking someone years ago if he expected to get a job soon. He answered, “I hope so.” I challenged him for using the word hope! I said, “You don’t need hope. You need faith!” I was wrong. When the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13 that faith, hope, and love abide, that means there is nothing wrong with saying “I hope so,” because, as we said earlier, hope is an enduring quality. If you take away a person’s hope, he can’t apply his faith to anything. When the man said “I hope so,” he was on the right track.

The whole chapter of Romans 8 describes the hope of believers who follow the Spirit of God. The word “hope” in Romans 8:24 means to anticipate with pleasure. It means having expectations and confidence as you face the future. People without hope move toward fatalism. They are headed in a negative direction just by being without hope. That’s why we need to reach them with the Gospel.

Christians are the only ones who can realistically have hope. The rest of the world bases its hope on wishful thinking. Our hope is in God, the Creator of hope. It is centered on Jesus. It stands upon the eternal values of faith, hope, and love that abide forever.

God gives us not only a reason for living but the right reason for living and the assurance of His backing as we fulfill His will. Even if you don’t like your job or you face other challenges daily, when you know God you still live with a sense of expectancy. You know that the Lord is with you. Your hope and confidence come from beliefs that are based on reality.

Your hope is strong when you first say, “I believe.” Your hope gives you a reason to live. Even if you have done things wrong in the past, once you have chosen Jesus as your Savior you cross over into the dimension of eternal life where you can have hope for the future.

Jesus died for the ungodly. When a Christian tells an unsaved person that he can receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, something supernatural happens as the Spirit of God gives him hope and a sense of purpose for his life.

That is something worth talking about.