The Bible says we have “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3-5) Christians posses this “living hope,” that “does not fade away,” and thus, our ETERNITY is secure. During this world crises, this eternal security in Christ is our greatest weapon against fear. It is also our greatest tool of hope.

This pandemic is teaching me how to make my God-given “living hope” shine brighter!

Jesus promised, “if you lay down your life for my sake, and the Gospel’s sake—you will find it.” (Mark 8:35) For Christians, life here, no matter how good, is nothing compared to the eternal joy, peace, and love we will experience in God’s Holy presence and companionship in Heaven. Even the richest, most successful person will eventually age, sicken, and die, and all his resources cannot prevent it. If we’re freaking out about losing our health and wealth—it’s the best evidence of where our heart’s treasure lies. We ONLY fear LOSING—what our heart LOVES.  Jesus said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-20)

If this pandemic and financial crises is causing us unmitigated fear—we obtain courage—by re-ordering our loves.

We must free our heart of the weak gods of materialism and physical prosperity. Remember, Jesus and the disciples lived simply—without homes or retirement plans. This is not to say God doesn’t want to bless His children with good things—He most certainly does! BUT when physical blessings become our greatest love, we are robbing ourselves of earthly peace and eternal blessings.

Conversely, when we “lay down our life for Christ,” we make HIM the greatest love of our life. Our primary focus is taken off preserving our physical life—and our heightened concern is our eternal destiny and—the destiny of those around us. When others see this kind of supernatural fearlessness and love—they are drawn to Christ. 

The soul of every person has an eternal destiny—and the soul that is not prepared for eternity is going to suffer a fate far worse than the repercussions of a world-wide pandemic. When we know our eternity is secure, we can demonstrate God’s “living hope” even amidst the worst circumstances!

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