Diary of the Ghetto Priest | The gift of hope
We are a people of hope. Christians are by nature full of hope. But "Hope that is seen is not hope. For what a man sees, why does he hope for it? But if we hope for what we see not, we hope for it with patience." (Roman 8:24-25).
Great is that gift of hope. We go forward in life, knowing there is a heavenly kingdom. There is Heaven, eternal life, being with Christ, being with the Father. It will be forever. We will be in the home of Christ. He will welcome us, prepare a room for us. He will hear us knock at His door. He will open the door and welcome us at table. He will wait for us at the table, then He will sit with us and dine with us. We will converse, and I will see his face. He will enlighten my heart and mind. Our master, Jesus, will be our servant. Just as He washed our feet, He will continue to be our servant. Oh my God! How beautiful is your love and kindness and humility! I cannot understand it, Lord.
"You tell me you would die for me once again. You love me so much, you would die over and over to save me! Why would you do that Lord, when I am such a sinner?"
"Because I love you, I love you unto death. Hope in me, my brother, Richard. No matter how weak you are, no matter how much you fall. I will be there to raise you up. Keep on going! Never stop. Hope in me. Believe in me. I will be with you, Richard, all days, even to the end of time."
That's our hope: God's tremendous love for us and His promise of eternal life - a life without pain, without fear, without anxiety, without quarrels. And all in heaven will be saints; no more selfishness, no more hatred, no more misunderstandings.
THERE IS A LONGING
This state and this place is inconceivable on earth. Our expectation of heaven is not visible, tangible, heard here on earth. Yet there is that longing in every man and woman for that reality. This is why we do good. We help one another, forgive one another, pour out ourselves in good deeds - so that we may gain an everlasting reward. It is a hope that "we see not, we hope for in patience". And as Jeremiah 31:16-17 says, "There is a reward for your works ... And there is hope for your last end says the Lord."
We must hope in the Lord, fellow Jamaicans and Christians. We must live in hope and spread hope. If we lose hope, being weary in the day of distress, your strength will be diminished. We must work hard, work joyfully, and continue to spread Christ, our hope, and keep our eyes on the eternal reward (Proverbs 24:10) Not only does hope give us strength to go on, but the end of it will fill us with all the joy and peace with you believing, that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
We will always have enough of this material world if we work hard, pray hard, and, be faithful to our responsibilities. In the meantime, we must evangelise and be strong in our hope.
Yes! Death, suffering, struggle, and hatred are everywhere. But life, eternal life, will conquer with hope in our hearts. Hope in Jesus Christ!