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1 Cor. 15:58 WALKING IN ABSOLUTE HOPE
Intro: The church at
Nowhere else in the Bible can we such a clear and complete statement concerning the death and resurrection of the believer and our future hope in Christ Jesus. Paul concludes his thoughts with the verse we have taken for our text today. This verse touches on the hope we enjoy as children of God and on what that hope accomplishes in our lives. This verse can help us dedicate ourselves to walking before the Lord in absolute hope.
Today, as the Lord gives liberty, I want to preach on the thought Walking In Absolute Hope. Looking around at the world today, we might conclude that there is not much room for hope. Wars, crime, sin, depravity, and the rest of the horrors of this modern life can leave us feeling as if there is no hope for the future. This lack of hope can stifle our desire to serve the Lord. It can cause us to come to the place where we say “What’s the use?” Well, from this verse, I want to show you that we do have a reason to walk in absolute hope. Let me share the truths contained in this precious verse.
I. THE PEOPLE OF HOPE
A. They Are A People Delivered By Grace – Verses 1 and 10 reveal the fact of their conversion experience. They were a people saved out of the deadness, depravity and death of their sins by the amazing grace of God, Eph. 2:1-10. They have been brought into a personal faith relationship with Jesus Christ. Have you been delivered? Than you have hope!
B. They Are A People Destined For Glory
– As you read this chapter, you come to understand that God has some big things
waiting for His people. Whether we leave
here by means of death or the rapture, we are a people possessing a powerful
hope of a bright, better future, 1 Cor.
15:49-57! Do you have that hope today? (
II. THE POWER OF HOPE
A. Hope Causes Us To Be Stable – The
word “steadfast” means “to be seated; settled and firmly situated”.
It reminds us that we are to be rooted and grounded in what we believe and hold
true. We are to be “seated firmly” in our
personal convictions. The bottom line is
this: if we have no hope, we might waver in our faith and wander off after the
things of the world. If this life
doesn’t matter and there are no eternal ramifications for our actions, them it
becomes easier to stray away. When our hope is real, it causes us to be stable
in our faith and walk. (
B. Hope Counsels Us To Be Stubborn – The word “unmovable” means “not moved from a place; firmly persistent; motionless.” There are many times when stubbornness is not appropriate, but in the Lord’s work, a good does of bullheadedness is perfectly in order! We must allow nothing to move us from our determination to serve the Lord!
C. Hope Challenges Us To Be Strong – “Abounding” has the idea of “exceeding a fixed amount; overflowing; exceeding”. When we consider what we have and who we are by grace; we will be motivated to go all out for the Lord. He “lavished” His grace on us when He saved us, Eph. 1:7-8, the least we can do is to go “overboard” in our service for Him! If we must err, let us err on the side of doing too much for Him; of going to far for the Lord; of being too on fire; of being overly fanatical for Him.
III. THE PROMISE OF HOPE
A. Our Hope Gives Us Confidence – Paul tells us that “we know” that our work for Jesus matters. There is no sacrifice, no struggle, no self-denial, no valley, no work goes unnoticed and none will fail to pay eternal benefits. So, keep praying, keep serving, and keep living for Jesus. What you do for Him in His name is “not in vain”. That is, it is not a “waste of time”. It is not an “exercise in futility”. He sees it all, Pro. 15:3. He knows it all. One day, He will reward it all, Rev. 22:12. He is watching, and if we are doing all we do for Him and His glory, we can be sure that He sees it all. That should give us the confidence to continue serving Him regardless of what life brings our way.
B. Our Hope Gives Us Consolation – Sometimes the road we walk is hard. Sometimes the burdens we bear are heavy. Sometimes the work we are called to do seems endless and unrewarding. The word used to describe it here is the word “labour”. This word means “intense labor united with trouble and toil”. It has the idea of “work that results in pain and agony”.
Sometimes our walk with the Lord is just like that! There are times when it seems that no one notices and no one cares. There are times when you may feel unappreciated and that you are carrying out a thankless task. In those times walk in confidence because the Lord is watching and when He comes, He will reward you. He will say “Thank you!” If we walk with Him; work for Him and wait patiently for Him, the day will come when He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” I don’t know about you, but that is what I want to hear!
Conc: We are blessed today. We do not
have many of the problems that plagued
As we stand here today, we are on the cusp of a brand new year. Will it amount to more for the glory of God than 2005 has? The answer to that question is up to you! Are you a person of hope? Are you walking in the power of hope; doing all you can to serve the Lord Who saved you? Are you resting in the promise of your hope knowing that one day Jesus will bless you for the things you are doing for Him?
If He has spoken to you about something you are doing; something you are not doing; or something you need to be doing this altar is the place to be. I thank God for hope; but hope is not the end of the matter. Hope merely the catalyst that should cause us to get busy in the Lord’s work. Church, let’s make 2006 count for the glory of God!