I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Eph. 1:18-19a
In my reading this week I was challenged to take a deeper look into what motivates me. What is it that maintains my passion to follow Christ when the day is rough? What is it that keeps my faith alive, living and active? What is it that makes me want to traverse all the obstacles in my path and not simply take the easy road?
HOPE. The hope of glory. The hope of the kingdom where all is right with the world and Christ reigns. The hope of my inheritance. The hope of others joining with me in this great promise. What is it that makes me want to pursue Christ wherever He leads? Not merely head knowledge of these truths but the HOPE of them. Hope is a word that implies a future fulfillment. I could also substitute the word anticipation. The anticipation of glory, of heaven, of the kingdom, of my inheritance.
As I face so many changes and challenges, this thought has been a powerful reminder. Why am I here? It is because I have a hope that gets me up in the morning, keeps me going through the day and gives me peace when I lay my head down at night. It is because I have been called to hope. I have been given an inheritance that I can anticipate more than a child anticipates Christmas morning, for this hope will never disappoint. The inheritance that I have is worth sharing. The anticipation of the kingdom is worth living for, in spite of all the obstacles here and now.
My hope for you…that you may live in the anticipation of your inheritance and desire to share the joy of this great gift with everyone around you.