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Our Living Hope In Christ

Updated on May 5, 2011

Our Living Hope In Christ

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away , yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So fix your eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.”

I Corinthians 4:16-18

As we live our earthly life from day to day, there are many disheartening realities we encounter. As we tread through life’s journey, we discover the fragility of life. As early as in our forties, we begin to experience symptoms of debilitating ailments. Now at the age of 44, I am diagnosed with essential hypertension. There was an incident that my blood pressure rose to 180 over 110. I am now taking a prescribed medicine for maintenance to prevent my blood pressure from rising.

I deeply sensed the fragility of life during the year 1980, when I was fourteen years old. That was the year when my then twelve-year old sister died in a shipwreck accident. My sister’s life indeed is so fragile.

Recently, I joined Feed My Lambs Ministry of Cosmopolitan Church, an evangelical church in Manila. This ministry involves visiting and praying for the sick of Philippine General Hospital and giving free lunch to the sick’s watchers. Last Thursday, July 01, 2010 I joined the team assigned to visit the sick that day. We visited the ward for trauma victims. This is the ward for the victims of accident, shootout, fire and other emergency occurrences. This ward reveals more of the fragility of human life. It reveals that your life is not under your control all the time. Circumstances beyond your control will come to afflict you.

Unpleasant circumstances beyond our control may come to us anytime such as death of a loved one, loss of job, loss of properties. These circumstances prove that we are not the master of our destiny.

After we visited the trauma ward, we visited a certain ward for cancer patients. A certain cancer patient caught our attention, her name is Beth. She has a terminal cancer that is slowly destroying her entire body. Slowly the cancer cells are eating up her body. The woman as I look at her is only in her thirties.

But the woman’s face displays a beautiful smile. She has a gentle and calm spirit. There is no sign of disgust in her face.Her face is full of hope . According to her, the moment she heard her doctor pronounced that she has a terminal cancer, she surrendered her life and ailment to the Lord. She is now entrusting everything in God’s hands for only God has the power to extend her life.

Like that woman slowly outwardly we are wasting away. There will come a time in our life that the symptoms of death will become very evident. We will not be as strong and as healthy all the time. Knowing these disheartening realities, we do not lose heart . Our living hope in Christ is being renewed day by day.

As my favorite hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” says ;

“ How bright the path grows from day to day……”

Each day that passes by, we are growing nearer to death’s door. But for a Christian whose living hope is ever alive in Christ , this is not a disheartening reality. For each day as as we get closer to death’s door, we get closer to Heaven’s gates.

So as we tread our earthly journey , let us fix our eyes on things unseesn not on things seen. For the things seen like the world and all the material things it offer is just temporary. For the unseen like Christ, Heaven and the Kingdom of God is eternal.

So we must not dwell on our momentary trials and sufferings. Let us not be conquered by the ugly realities of an earthly life. Despite the ugly realities of an earthly life, a Christian can look forward to a great future and beautiful life with God. It is wonderful indeed to be a christian despite sufferings and afflictions. There will be no greater than being a child of God. I am so glad that I am one.

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    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Loves To Read, it is wonderful to read those words of encouragement. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your words of encouragement are greatly appreciated. Blessings to you and yyour family as well. Best regards.

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      Loves To Read 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful hub full of amazing truth cristina. We are ever so privileged as Christians to know that by growing older, we are actually growing closer to eternal youth. Hallelujah.!! Something people have been searching and paying a fortune for,yet we have it NO CHARGE!!!!

      May God bless you abundantly for the work you do for those who need Gods truth. Although not always a pretty sight these unfortunate people are loved by God and when He says

      "I was sick and you didn't visit me" this is exactly what He means. So many people can't face the sight of those who are marred by accident or sickness yet these are the ones who perhaps need Him the most.

      Keep up the good works and faith sister for by what we see in others makes us thankful that our problems are so trivial. Some day soon we will be new creatures in Christ .. Amen!!!

      Hugs and blessings

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans it is wonderful to hear from you. I am greatly encouraged as I read your comment. Thank you for those words of encouragement. It is highly appreciated. Yes we are very safe and secure in the Lord.Blessings to you and your family as well.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Cristina, What a wonderful service you are doing in the Name of the Lord! It is not easy seeing others suffer … it is a reminder of our need to draw closer to the Lord daily! Bless you for allowing the Light of the Lord to shine through you as you reach out and minister to the sick ...

      I Love the song; “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” We know that these bodies wear out day by day. But we can always lean and Trust on the Lord forever! Regardless as to what happens we are safe and secure in Him!

      May the Lord touch you in a way that only He can! May He regulate your blood pressure so that it flows through your body calmly and at a rate where it is healthy. May He continue to give you His Peace that surpasses the understanding of man! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • Mohammad Farooq profile image

      Mohammad Farooq 

      8 years ago from kasur

      Aslam o Alikum Everbody

      i want to tel u that plz don`t listen DR.ZAKIR NAIK And don`t show his programe HE DECLARED KAFIR BY PKISTAN`S GOVT.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi skye2day I am greatly encouraged as I read your comment. Thank you for your prayer and concern. I am so blessed to know you here at Hubpages and be my friend. Thank you for words of comfort and appreciation. Your visit here is highly appreciated. I will also keep you in my prayers. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      skye2day 

      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      hello cristina Beautiful Holy Spirit filled hub sister. This writing is indeed a reminder not to take our lives for granted. I am so grateful I came over to read. I needed to be remained to live for the Lord as full as I can today and always and to share the Good news. The Ole bods may give out but we have an eternal home with no pain or tears or suffering waiting if we believe in the ONE Jesus Christ. You are a Blessing to many

      It is a beautiful thing you and your bros and sisters visiting hurt and or ill people. May God Bless your ministry. I serve in an outreach and we serve lots of food to inner city hurting souls. It has been a Blessing. Love you my friend. Keep ON. I will pray that your blood pressure is healed by the greatest physician.

      Jesus Christ. Hugs Galore to you.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi jesusmyjoy it is nice to hear you again. Thank you for a visit. Be blessed always. REgards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Fred Allen it is very encouraging to read your comment. Yes I agree with you the trial Apostle Paul experienced are indeed extremely horrifying but since he fix his eyes on the unseen Kingdom of God with all its glory, he consider his trials as light and momentary. Your visit and comment is greatly appreciated.Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      Betty Bolden 

      8 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      amazing sis

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      fred allen 

      8 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      What Paul called "light and momentary afflictions" most would describe as severe and horrifying. It was because he was focused clearly on the glory to be revealed that he was able to look at his trials with such a view of them. Eyes on the prize! I love this hub. I have read it 3 times so far.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi texashubber it is nice to hear from you again. Thank you for gracing and appreciating this hub. Your comment is greatly appreciated.Blessings to you and your family as well.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave, I am just fine now. Thank you for dropping by. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Yes christian destiny is awesome. Remain blessed always.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate' cristina; Hi! How are things with you? As every minute of every day passes, we become that much closer to realizing our final goal, being with Our Father God and Our Brother Jesus in Heaven.

      Death may grip our physical bodies, but NOW our SPIRITS belong to God and death has no grip any longer.

      KUYA Dave.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi RevLady it is very encouraging to read your comment. We as christians are indeed so blessed to have our living hope in Christ.Truly God is awesome to bless us with a very great future. Praise His great Name forever. Thank you for gracing and appreciating this hub. Remain blessed always. Maranatha.

    • RevLady profile image

      RevLady 

      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Lady C, a wonderful hub! I loved it!

      "Each day that passes by, we are growing nearer to death’s door. But for a Christian whose living hope is ever alive in Christ, this is not a disheartening reality. For each day as as we closer to death’s door, we get closer to Heaven’s gates." AMEN!! AMEN!!

      Because He lives, we shall live also. This is truly our living hope. Thank you so much for this most important faith reminder.

      Peace and joy,

      Forever His,

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