The word “hope” is used in many ways. Commonly, “hope” refers to something you wish for or desire. “Biblical hope” is centering that desire on God’s faithfulness and on what God has promised. People often tell you to “have hope” or “do something that fulfills your hopes and dreams.” Perhaps you’ve lost your hope? Or, if you’re a Christian, maybe your hope is to meet the Lord when he returns?
Where can I find Hope?
But the question is where do you find hope? Many people live finding hope in clothing, food, sleep, fame, love—the list is endless. But these things bring only physical joy and hope. As believers of God, we have faith and hope in the Lord’s return and in God’s Will. We must valuably live our lives for God’s Will. However, if we live only centering on joy and hope through physical things, then only the physical body will live joyfully.
Spiritual joy and hope is found in serving, loving, and having faith in the Holy Trinity, while following the person God has ordained in each generation. It is to act according to God’s Will in your daily life. This alone leads to the fulfillment of eternal hope, happiness, and the Will of life. For those who live according to God’s Will, hope is predestined and will come, just as surely as the sun rises in the east.
What is Hope?
What exactly is hope? Pastor Jeong says, “Your hope is yourself.” Hope does not arise from nothingness; it comes from putting in effort to think wisely and take action. It is a life of hope as much as you develop your heart, mentality, and deeds.
Living a hopeful life comes when you break free from your limitations. Life is about transforming; it is about developing yourself and impacting your environment with that change while using the Holy Trinity’s Word as your blueprint. Transformation allows you to gain new things, renew hope in yourself, and give birth to a new outlook on life. That is the joy and hope of knowing God’s ultimate Will.
In the Bible, Matthew 25:14-30 recounts The Parable of the Bags of Gold. This parable is about three people who had received different amounts of bags of gold (called talents) from their master. Later, the master checked what they had done with those talents. The ones who had received five talents and two talents from the master had worked twice as hard and put forth twice as much effort while exhibiting their skills and abilities. As a result, they gained five more talents and two more talents, respectively. Hope came to them as much as they took action.
On the other hand, the person who had received one talent misunderstood the master’s heart, and despite having the skills and abilities, buried the talent in the ground without doing anything with it. Ultimately, he produced no gain. Because he did not take action on what he was entrusted with, he could not share in the master’s happiness. Through this parable, Jesus taught that in order to gain happiness, joy, and hope, you must valuably use what God has given you and sow the seeds of action at the right time. Only then can you harvest the fruits of hope.
Pastor Jeong teaches a key way to manage ourselves so that we don’t lose our joy and hope: it is to not waste our youth. He teaches to never live without knowing the value of ourselves and the things around us. It’s only when we realize our own value that we become motivated to change so that we can shine even more brilliantly. If we just let ourselves be without managing and developing ourselves, we will gradually lose our hope over time.
Knowing the Purpose
The purpose and hope of human beings’ lives are all contained within the purpose of God. We will see hope when we live for the purpose that God has given us. Only then will we gain joy, satisfaction, and hope not just for our body, but for our spirits as well.
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