“THE CONFIDENT HOPE”
Ephesians 2:6 (NLT) “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”
“Hope is an interesting thing and sometimes [our hope] seems to be tied to our attitude, our perspective, and our emotions” Pastor Ryan Malouff.
When we anchor our hope in our expectations or on some past memory or experience our hope often times deflates like a balloon and we find ourselves empty and hopeless. This anchor won’t hold the air of hope because its security is based on what we feel we deserve, need or have done.
When we anchor our hope in lofty dreams such as being discovered, money, possessions, etc. our faith becomes a manipulation tool. Our love becomes fear based and our hope floats away like an unanchored balloon and we are left with emptiness. This anchor won’t hold because once again it finds its security in us, our talents, and our abilities.
Hope must be tied down secured and anchored in scripture. Paul illustrates hope as being confident, secure and already done. Our hope is anchored to heaven and it becomes the place where we sit, the place of our authority. We begin to understand that no one can take this position from us and that the hope of heaven is set up for us by Christ.
Paul changes our understanding of the future as well as the present. We have a seat waiting for us in heaven and we literally sit with God in heavenly places. This seat is established, secure, and waiting for us. When we anchor our hope in this reality our understanding of our present circumstances changes too. When our hope is based on what Christ has already done, it’s much easier for us to live out that truth here on earth. Out of this confident hope of heaven flows our faith and our love.
Action Step – ask yourself
1. Where is my hope anchored?
2. Where do I choose to sit?
Decide to anchor your hope on the place where you sit, at the right hand of God the Father with Christ Jesus. Realize your position is in heaven for eternity, united with Christ and because of Christ.
[Adapted from a message given by Pastor Ryan Malouff (Children's Pastor of The City Church) November 28, 2010 @ TRC]