Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fellowship of Hope

A Christian fellowship exists to bring the Kingdom of God on earth.

This is a fellowship of hope because Jesus is our hope.

Jesus is in us and we in Him. Wherever we go, we can bring the manifest presence of Jesus with His life, love, light, liberty and lordship (five Ls).

This is how we are a fellowship of hope, being the Jesus in the world both individually and communally.

Being fully and inseparably united with Jesus means that we are also a people of hope. We are hopeful as long as Jesus, our hope, dwells in us.

How can we, who know Jesus, remain full of hope when things go wrong, when bad things happen, when we face trials and challenges because of our faith, when we fail, and when our prayers go unanswered?

There are many reasons. For one thing, we remain hopeful because we are destined and ordained to be conformed to the image of Christ, the perfect humanity. Nothing and no amount of failing can stop us from being changed, from one degree of glory to another, into who we are truly meant to be.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

In other words, we know the end. Indeed, all will be well in the end. Therefore our part is not to win every battle but to stay in the war till the end. This requires strength, determination, character, courage, for sure.

for the righteous falls seven times and rises again (Proverbs 24:16)

from Robin Hood (2010)

Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.

This is from the movie, Robin Hood (2010) with Russell Crowe and Kate Blanchett.

This is a powerful image. If we rose and rose again stronger and more fierce each time, this act alone would bring inspiring hope to the world.