Coronavirus has rocked our world. The news and social media bombards with fact, fiction, and conspiracy theories. It’s hard to know what to believe, making it very easy to be depressed, anxious, and hopeless.
As I visited with a friend the other day, via online methods, I realized I had started to sound like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.
“Things will never be the same.”
“It’s all so sad.”
“Who knows what the world will look like when this is over.”
My comments may have been true, but they sure weren’t uplifting. The early church lived in extremely difficult times. However, Peter advised them to “… prepare your minds for action, be completely sober [in spirit—steadfast, self-disciplined, spiritually and morally alert], fix your hope completely on the grace [of God] that is coming to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. [Live] as obedient children [of God]…” ~ 1 Peter 1:13-14 (NASB)
The world has changed, is changing, there are things that make us sad, and we don’t know what the world will look like in the future. However, we have a choice where we focus and how we live our lives. When we remember that Christ is eternal, our life in Christ is eternal, we have hope that is eternal!
Peter later wrote to be ready to make a defense “…to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you…” ~ 1 Peter 3:15 (NASB)
Do others see the hope we have in Christ? Are they asking about the hope within us?
Let’s live in Christ, focusing on Christ, so that others will be drawn to the blessed, eternal hope found in Christ.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” ~ 1 Peter 1:3-4 (NASB)
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