Hope: Expresses Itself
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?... For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
2 Corinthians 3:7-12 (NIV)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
Before Saul became the Apostle Paul, he persecuted followers of Christ-- undoubtedly arguing against them. He was passionate in a dreadful thing, but doesn't God choose passionate people to become His chief communicators?
When we consider how people are moved, passion is the foremost moving agent. Hitler's hate-talk is passion at its worst. So are lynch mobs and mass hysteria.
Christian love-talk is passion at its best. When Christ's ambassadors cast fishing lines, fishers of men become movers of hearts.
Consider these two opposing forces:
The devil gives us tickles and punches-- tempting us toward longing and anger. He controls us with destructive passion.
Our Father gives us heartfelt convictions, leading us toward light, love, truth and hope. He blesses us with His Holy Spirit.
In these thoughts, here's what hope is not: lukewarm! If your hope needs a charge, plug in to God. He never fails to provide the power.
Bottom line: To be Christ's ambassadors, your heart and words need the passion of hope.
## Hope: Expresses Itself (Part 19)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.