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We’re not without hope

If you’ve ever been on a sports team, you know that joining the team doesn’t mark the end of a journey, but just the beginning. There is still conditioning to go through, practices to endure, and strength training to fight through before you can ever put on a jersey, much less have the title of champion. 

It would be silly for someone to think that just because they have joined a football team, they are as good as Peyton Manning, yet we make the mistake of thinking that the day we start a relationship with Jesus our battles with temptation and the fight to follow Jesus are finished.

Being in Christ means we are never without hope.

The day we ask Jesus into our lives is just the beginning, however. There is still temptation to fight, sin to overcome, and a spiritual maturing process to go through. The hope that we have in Jesus, though, is that even though, we are pressed on every side by troubles, we are not crushed. We are perplexed but not driven to despair. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

In this passage, the apostle Paul reminds us that being in Christ means that we are never without hope. Our perishable bodies are subject to sin and suffering, but God never abandons us. Because Jesus defeated death by coming back to life, we have eternal life. All our risks, humiliations, and trials are opportunities for Jesus to demonstrate His power and presence in us.


  • When was the last time you felt knocked down?
  • What is one way you can put your eyes back on Jesus the next time you feel discouraged?
  • What is one way you can show others the hope you have in Jesus?

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