By Ty Haguewood
I am always blown away as I think about the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. We have an abundance of hope for our lives because the God who saved us is the God of hope. We often talk about the hope that each one of us as in Jesus yet we sometimes belittle the hope that we have as the church. So let me put it this way:
The body of Christ, also known as the church, has a fullness of hope as God has lavished hope on us through the blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
I want us to take a deeper look at this.
- Jesus is the rock and foundation of the church
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ solidified His authority and place as the Victorious King. We as believers must always first remember Jesus as Victor and Savior of our souls. The church is most hopeful and healthy when we have a right view of God and all that He has done, is doing, and will do. The moment the church loses a right view of God is the moment the church slips into a place of hopelessness.
We must remember that sin has lost it’s power, death has lost it’s sting, and Jesus reigns supreme forever. The church is founded and rooted in the God who conquered death.
We have so much to celebrate and hope in.
- The Holy Spirit is the power of the church
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:4-8
In Acts 1, Jesus told the disciples to not leave Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit. He did not let them go do anything based on their own power, instead, Jesus told them that they were going to receive a great power.
God never calls us to be the savior of humanity nor the King of Kings; God calls us to believe, follow, and be available for Him to use. We, as the church, must never attempt to do the work of God without the power of God. The church is never more crippled than when we try to do God’s work without God’s presence.
We have a power available to us unparalleled to anything else, why would we depend on ourselves if have the Holy Spirit? We must be a people totally dependent and desperate to be used by God and filled with His Spirit.
The church has hope in the reality that God is our power and He will never leave us to our own ability to do His work.
Some Closing Thoughts
I pray that we would spend less time designing programs and events and spend more time on our knees praying for God to move in our community. We have a God that conquered death yet we so often rely on ourselves. Let us be a people on our faces before God asking Him to transform our community.
The church has so much hope, let’s turn to God and trust Him. He will guide us, provide for us, protect us, empower us, and never leave us. Let’s surrender and watch Him transform this city.