We rejoice in hope

Date: Wednesday, August 27

Scripture1 Peter 1:3-9

Verse: You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3b)

Teen Choice Awards 2013 - ShowLast year at the Teen Choice Awards, Ashton Kutcher won the “Ultimate Choice Award,” which he called, “the old guy award.” His acceptance speech to the teens who voted for him was one of the greats of all time (you can watch it below, or on YouTube here). One of the things he shares is that “opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” We know that. Actors spend a long time working in obscurity before they win awards. Musicians spend a great deal of time playing scales before playing The Pepsi Center. Athletes spend lots of time in the gym before they get to stand on the podium at the Olympics. Hoping for it won’t get you there. Only hard work will.

As we have been reinforcing all week, our hope is not just wishful thinking on our part. It comes from our knowledge of God’s presence in the world around us, and his plan to restore the world. We know this because we know Jesus, the one who was restored after death, who was resurrected and appeared to his disciples, the one we have met as well. The resurrection of Jesus points toward the restoration of the whole world.

Our hope isn’t something passive. It isn’t just wishing things will get better, it is working toward making it better because we know God is in the process of restoring us. It drives us forward. Our hope calls us to participate in that which doesn’t make sense. To work toward feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, healing the broken, lifting people out of poverty, providing water to remote villages in other parts of the world, and more that cannot be done in our own power. It is our hope that allows us to continue.

Prayer: Jesus, our hope, teach me to work for the resurrected world to come. Amen.

Action: Find out how you can participate in working toward bettering a “hopeless” cause.

Respond: What do you think of Kutcher’s speech?

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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