July 24 - Hope is a Spring

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

July 24 – Hope is a Spring

…We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. (Colossians 1:4-6)

Hope just doesn’t stay silent, does it!

Faith and love spring from that hope and the gospel bears fruit and grows throughout the world because of hope.

Paul is thrilled to be writing these words to his friends in Colossae and I can’t imagine anything more exciting to read them were they to be written about a group I belonged to.

Hope isn’t a selfish thing to be held and treasured in our hearts.  Hope isn’t something that we hold onto only for ourselves.

Hope allows us to become more than what our small lives can manage.  It gushes forth as a spring with faith and love.

One of the loveliest thoughts from these verses for me is that I don’t have to store hope – it is held for me in heaven.  There is no place safer.  My heart isn’t even safe – it is as flexible as a reed and can be sent into utter turmoil with a single word.  Hope is stored in heaven and from that storehouse comes all that I need.