Hope, Present and Future

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1-2

Those two passages of scripture bookend an incredible heritage for believers.  Men and women who remained steadfast under severe persecution beyond which many of us will experience.  Read the entirety of Hebrews 11 and be stirred to hold fast your confession in Christ and endure your current circumstance.  There is an eagerness to get back to “normal”, a desire to get back to community. Here at Lighthouse we are praying through what that future may look like for our congregation while on campus, or off, and how we continue to “know Christ and make Him known.”

Where we must look though isn’t simply ahead, but to our Savior.  We must look to Jesus, he is our future.  Allow your thoughts to move beyond the next several weeks, past the next couple of months, following the next handful of years, after the next few decades.  We must think differently than we did before this time.  It is a gift for us to be awakened from slumber when our world is burning down around us and to hear the Savior say this way, follow me to salvation and my presence.  What comes between the bookends of our receiving new life through Christ and being with Him in glory worshiping at the throne of God will be determined by where we are looking.

Scott Hoerner, Assoc. Min. Youth/Young Adults