When you Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Pet. 1:13)


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We set our hopes on things mostly temporal. We hope in careers, possessions, health, and prosperity. While these are all wonderful gifts from God, they will rust and disintegrate eventually. Yet, there are some things we can place our hope in that are timeless. For example, we can be assured of our salvation as we live a surrendered and obedient life for Christ. We can be assured of the daily presence of the Holy Spirit because God promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age. We can set our hope on an eternal inheritance that far outshines anything this earthly life might offer.

And this hope we have in Jesus, who offers this gift of eternal life with Him, should affect the way we live. Peter listed some expectations for a transformed soul right after he wrote that we are to set our hope fully on Jesus and His saving grace. You and I are on a journey toward heaven. Be sure to set your hope on Jesus so you will know where you will end up.

In Christ we have an endless hope, not a hopeless end. Share your hope with someone today.

Jim Dunn is the Vice President of Church Relations for the Wesleyan Investment Foundation. He resides with his family in the Indianapolis area.