Hope is one of the most powerful values known to mankind; it transforms individuals and society. Jesus offered hope after death: "I go to prepare a place for you... I will come again and receive you to Myself" (John 14: 2-3). People with hope live with confidence and inspire others. But the church offers more than hope after death; it teaches that God has a wonderful plan for each individual in this life, and a blessed hope after they die. When the church gets it right in it's role in offering future hope, it can influence society.
The great rocket scientist, Wernher von Braun is quoted as saying: " Science has found nothing can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. If God applies the fundamental principle to the most minute and insignificant parts of the universe, doesn't it make sense to assume that He applies it to the masterpiece of His creation - the human soul? I think it does."
We have a hope (confident expectation) who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. This hope is for a positive eternity. All people live for eternity, some with a positive life with God, and some who will suffer forever separated from God. In our positive looking forward to Heaven, we know that it will have everything one could ever want. Yet, the Book of Revelation does tell us that some things are missing in Heaven.
In Revelation 21we see that Heaven does not have tears, death, sorrow, crying, pain, night, defilement, abominations, curses, liars, sun, or moon. Otherwise, it has it all.
As Christians, we have this hope, and we are in a world that doesn't. We are obligated (Romans 1:14, HCSB) to bring the good news to those around us. we should be eager (Romans 1:15, HCSB) to find ways to share this good news to everyone. Because, as with Paul, we need to proclaim that we "are not ashamed of the gospel" (Romans 1:16, HCSB), because it is the power behind salvation - to everyone who will believe it.
Do you believe it? Have you received the power of God's salvation? Are you eager to share? Perhaps if you are not, it is because you have not grasped the wonder and magnitude of the gift that you have received. Today - find one person and share it.
* Towns, Elmer L. (2009) What's Right with the Church: A manifesto of Hope. Regal/Ventura CA. p200