1st March, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE BELIEVER’S HOPE
1 Corinthians 15:19 (NKJV)
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
To hope for something, is to cherish a desire with anticipation; it is to want something to happen or be true.
There’s nothing wrong if a believer in Christ Jesus has hope for a better life. There’s nothing wrong to want to have a decent accommodation, a comfortable and durable car, and multiple sources of income. There’s absolutely nothing wrong if a brother or a sister would want to marry and enjoy the married life. In fact, 1 Timothy 5:17 makes us to understand, that, God gives us richly all things to enjoy; meaning, it’s okay to want to enjoy the good things of life. God does not frown upon our hope to enjoy the riches of this life.
Our theme Scripture, however, points out a very important word, the absence of which will change the entire meaning of that verse of Scripture. It says, “If in this life ONLY we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:19, NKJV). If we remove the word, “only” from this verse, it will read, “If in this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” That would mean, we’re not to have hope in this life; but that’s not what the Scripture said. Scripture never said if you’re in Christ, you shouldn’t have hope in this life. Out of ignorance, some believers have misinterpreted this verse of Scripture, and are living miserable lives, hoping for a better life when we get to heaven. There’s nothing wrong to have hope for a better life while here in this world, but if that’s the only hope we have in Christ, the King James Version of our theme Scripture says, “...we’re of all men most miserable.”
It’s okay to have hope in this life, but the believer must also live in hope of what awaits us at the coming of Christ. In the next couple of days, we will be discussing some of the truths about what awaits us in Christ Jesus at His coming. This is what I call, “The believer’s hope.”