Our Living Hope In Christ
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.