Building Hope

On What Are You Building Your Hope?

Is it built on a foundation that can’t be blown away when events or people threaten its existence? Does your hope persevere through good and bad times?

 

I love this quote by John Calvin:

 The word hope I take for faith; and indeed hope is nothing else but the constancy of faith.

 

Speaking of hope and faith, how firm is the foundation your hope is built on?

 

Remember the story of the “Three Little Pigs?”

 

The first two little pigs built homes of straw and sticks as fast as they could to have more free time to play. But the third pig worked harder and longer to build his house out of bricks.

When the wolf came threatening and blowing on each little pig’s house, he huffed and he puffed, and he blew down the first two houses. But, when he blew on the third little pig’s house, he huffed and he puffed and wore himself out!

No matter how hard he tried, he could not destroy the house made of bricks because this wise little pig invested his time and resources building his house out of what lasts.

 

What should your bricks be made of?

I Corinthians 13:13 says,

“But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.”

If faith, hope, and love will always remain and cannot be blown away, diminished, or destroyed, shouldn’t we spend more of our

  • Time
  • Efforts
  • Energy
  • Resources

on what lasts forever?

Here is a quote from Billy Graham…see if this sounds familiar…

“Our world today so desperately hungers for hope, yet uncounted people have almost given up. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Let us be faithful in proclaiming the hope that is in Jesus.”

 

 

WHY and HOW should we build our living HOPE on Jesus?

 

Let’s read and explore a new testament scripture.

I Peter 1:3-5 says:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” WEB

 

Here are five reasons WHY we can build our hope on Jesus.

 

The first words of verse 3 say,

1.“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

WE CAN believe that God is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2.“Who according to his great mercy…”

WE CAN believe that God chose to give us mercy (getting what we don’t deserve (because of our sins) instead of what we do deserve (death and lack of hope)

     3. God “caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”

Our hope is alive because we believe in Jesus’ resurrection. He is alive, and we will also be.

 4. It is an “incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you,…”

When the big, bad wolf tries to blow our house down, we are confident we can weather the storm because our inheritance is indestructible, flawless, and is reserved and waiting for us in Heaven when we get there.

 5.“who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

 

God has done more than his part by sacrificing His Son as a substitute for our sins and giving us mercy. He will guard our salvation and our future, but we must do OUR part…

 

So, to answer the HOW…

 

To build our solid foundation, WE MUST EXERCISE OUR FAITH and HOPE.

 

Just as the wise little pig carefully built his house out of bricks, we can spend more of our time, efforts, energy, and resources

  • believing that God is with US
  • believing in Jesus Christ and the sufficiency of His sacrifice on the cross
  • reading the Bible and praying that the Holy Spirit will open our minds and hearts to remind us WHO and WHAT to build our HOPE on.

 

In closing,

 

  • We have explored what the Three Little Pigs can teach us about building hope.
  • We learned five reasons WHY we can build our hope and faith in Jesus.
  • We examined How to exercise our faith and hope.

 

I love this quote by Saint Augustine:

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”

 

YES, Jesus is the cornerstone of our HOPE. He is the one we need to build our hope on. If we build our hope on HIM, we are building on a secure foundation that can’t be destroyed.

As our faith grows and becomes stronger, we can more easily withstand the storms that come.

 

Lifeway Worship sings a beautiful rendition of “The Solid Rock” Click below to listen.

Caleb + Kelsey sing an awesome medley of 

“In Christ Alone / Cornerstone / The Solid Rock”

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