“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20 (NIV)
In this week before Christmas, let us consider the Advent, or Coming, Christ our Lord and Savior.
In Church, or in your own home, you may have seen the lighting of the Hope candle.
Hope: The first Sunday of Advent not only leads us to anticipate but to also again celebrate the birth of Christ. Sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle,” the first candle brings to our attention all of the promises that God gave in the Old Testament that would be fulfilled by the birth of God’s son.
Paul too writes in his letter to Philippians about Hope. As Paul was in prison and facing execution, he was hanging on to Hope, and asking his friends to support him in his hope.
For me, I am encouraged by Paul’s example, that his Hope went beyond theory to something practical and tangible that he could hang onto when he needed it. And that he could write to friends that he knew would support him, so that Paul would not be ashamed and find courage.
Daily Battle Order:
What does Hope mean to you? Can you hang on to Hope, like Paul did, despite his difficult circumstances? Your battle order: Find a friend, who can support you or go find a friend in need of Hope (especially this season), so that you both will in no way be ashamed and find sufficient courage in Christ.