Got Hope?

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Lately I’ve been starting conversations with people by asking what gives them hope. Today I was talking with an older gentleman (in his early 70’s) at a bus stop, and I asked him what he is putting his hope in. He immediately told me he is putting his hope in Barack Obama. Then he pulled out a newspaper and pointed to the front page headline which said something about welcoming (or announcing) the New World Order. He pointed to it exclaiming, “That is what I’m putting my hope in!”

The god of this world is offering humanity a false and empty hope. As the evil and darkness increases, the Lord Jesus Christ shines bright! Think of the opportunity the Lord has given us at this time, to share the true hope of the Gospel to the lost around us. Ask people if they have hope. Ask them what their hope is. Then tell them Who the true Hope is, and why.

Lord Jesus Christ…our hope. 1Tim1:1

Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God. Ps.42:11


Natural Disasters

The Burma cyclone and the China earthquake: tens of thousands are dead. There have also been earthquakes in India, Pakistan and Iran. The Indonesia tsunami is still in mind. What if something like that were to happen here?

We know God is in control and that He will work all things for our good and for His glory. We do not fear and we do not despair: we hope in God. We know we are safe in His hands and nothing can harm us spiritually whether we live or die. If we remain, our job is to continue serving Him here. When we are done with our work here, He will take us home.

What would we say to people around us in the aftermath of such a situation? In Luke 13:4-5, Jesus did not explain to the people why the tower in Siloam fell and killed those men, He just warned that unless they repent they will all likewise perish. God is just; He is the judge. Those who do not repent will perish. The message, given boldly but gently in love, is clear: fear God and repent. God will judge the earth in righteousness, and He will judge people individually by the Man He has appointed: the Lord Jesus Christ. The message would be that now is the time to humble yourself, repent of sins against God and turn by faith to Christ.

Ready to Share the Gospel

Being ready to use current events to share the gospel. Several witnessing conversations I’ve had were the result of someone asking me directly about some current event. After 911, I had neighbors literally coming to my door to ask me what was happening, if God “did that”, etc. They were afraid and they wanted answers. In those cases I told them that this was not “God making that happen to us”, but was the act of evil men. But I told them that this was now the time to hear what God is trying to tell you. Then I went into the gospel with them. I shared about how we can only be “safe” in Christ. They listened. The same thing happened with Katrina and the South East Asia tsunami. The same thing is happening now.

Right now we have government billboards asking us, “READY?”(it begs the question!), we have weird things going on with money, food, gas, markets, jobs, weather……..then there’s America slowly uniting with Canada and Mexico…………and lots more. I’m sure you could add to the list.

About a month ago I was in a store, and I heard a group of businessmen talking about the economy, about recession, and they had tinges of panic and fear in their voices. They were seriously asking each other what was going to happen. I often hear people in public, discussing their fear regarding current events. As things change and events happen, people are bewildered and frankly, afraid. Many times people will openly speak to you about how they feel. We need to be ready to lovingly direct people from these world events to dealing with the ultimate issues of God’s righteousness, justice, love, mercy, and the cross of Christ. We need to be ready to share the gospel.