The scriptures are what give believers hope (v. 4) and believers are who bring hope to those who are lost and broken. We must remember that we may be the first example of Christ to a non-believer. This is a huge responsibility and honor. We must remember that it is not about pleasing ourselves - “For Christ did not please himself” (v. 3). He lived to serve God and bring hope to man. He came to heal the broken and save the lost.
When Jesus called Levi in Luke 5:27-32, the Pharisees couldn’t understand why Jesus spent time with tax collectors and sinners (v. 30). Jesus’ response should be what nudges us to action: “And Jesus answered them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.’” (v.31-32)
In Romans 15:5-7 it talks about harmony with one another and glorifying God together. We must “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (v.7) If we are not in unity with one another, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are not being the example that Christ needs us to be in this dark and lost world.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (v.13) This is my prayer. Church, join me in being the hope this world needs…because of Jesus!