The Gospel is Our Hope

The gospel.  There is nothing like it.
It is our everything.  It is our only thing.

We live in a world of pain, suffering, brokenness, disaster, poverty, and sin.  But we all have a little optimist in us.  The optimist looks for the happy moments in life–babies being born, A’s on tests, the beauty of creation, family holiday celebrations, weekend get-aways.  But everyone, at one time or another, comes to the reality that we live in a broken, hurting world.  We live in a world that is cursed.  We live in a world infected with sin.  And somehow, even the good, happy moments of life are tainted.  They too are infected with this disease called sin.  Babies die, families are divided, and the beauty of creation succumbs to natural disasters.  All over the world we can see evidence of brokenness.

But there is hope.  A hope that can never be severed.  It can never be taken away.  This hope has a name…it is Jesus.  Jesus is the gospel, the good news.  Jesus is the one and only hope that lives forever.  And Jesus is enough; He is sufficient.  We don’t need anyone or anything else to fill the void in our lives.

Jesus doesn’t necessarily take away the suffering and pain we experience today.  He isn’t a glorified santa claus of sorts.  He doesn’t just give us whatever we want because we want it.  Rather, He is God.  He exists to bring glory to God, Himself.
And as Christ-followers, this is our purpose too.  Our purpose is simply to glorify God and desire Him.  But with this purpose, also comes hope, a promise.

As children of the most high sovereign God, we are heirs of Christ, and we have an inheritance in the things of God.
The Bible says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.  For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30)
We can be assured that He will take care of us.  He knows what is best for us because His knowledge and understanding is infinitely beyond ours.  We can also be assured that He will be glorified through us.  God, the Holy Spirit, will use our lives as a mirror–to reflect glory back to Himself.

Life is hard, but God is good.  Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Hold onto hope.  Hold onto the promises we have in Christ.  Hold onto the gospel.

All the work has been done.  We simply have to trust that God will do what He says He will.  That is faith.  That is the gospel.

When we get to the place in our lives when we realize that the gospel is the only thing that really matters, we can begin to truly live.

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About Mike Barnhart

I am a Christ-follower, Husband, Father, & Campus Minister.
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