“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
— Romans 12:12 (NIV)
In what do you place your hope?
Our world offers us many things in which to place our hope. We might place hope in our family, job, church, finances, government, health, or friends. Each of these is good, but at some point, each may fall short of what we hoped.
Throughout the past two years we have lived in a world in desperate need of hope as we experienced the pandemic, economic crisis, war, and so much loss. We are all in need of something to fill us with hope.
The new WMU emphasis — Hope in Christ — encourages us to consider not so much in what we place our hope, but in whom we place our hope. Christ is the one who is our deliverer and in whom we can place our trust.
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:10, “On him we have set our hope.” Along with our hope in Christ, we place our belief and trust in Him. As believers, we know that Christ paid the penalty for our sin, and we have the hope of eternity with Him. Christ’s presence in our lives gives us hope for each day and helps us to be joyful in the hope we have in Him.
During this month, think of the hope you have in Christ. Reflect on what Christ has done to carry you through the past two years. Think of the hope Christ has given you for today, the days to come, and into eternity. Let your hope in Christ fill you with joy as you share His hope with others.
Dear Jesus, Thank You for being the One in whom I can place my hope. Thank You for the assurance of eternal life with You. Help this hope I have in You to bring joy in my heart. This month as I teach Mission Friends, may my joy and hope in Christ be evident to the preschoolers and their parents. Help me to look to You as the one who fills me with hope in Christ. Amen.
by Joye Smith, WMU Preschool Ministry Consultant