Day 22: 40 Days of Grace
Day 22: Gospel-centeredness
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
~1 Peter 1:3
Christ’s resurrection is the source of our hope. Because Jesus is alive, having conquered sin and death, we are able to rejoice and worship despite the pain and struggle of life. We are able to forgive those who’ve hurt us. We are able to show compassion to the needy. And we have the assurance that we’ll be different than we were yesterday. How does hope do all these things? By focusing our gaze on the living, victorious “founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Because of Jesus, we have a secure, eternal future with God. Gospel hope isn’t a matter of wishful thinking; it’s the knowledge that, because of Christ, all of God’s promises are as good as fulfilled. Rejoice, Christian!
- In what ways are you living as though your future in Christ is not secure?
- What are some of God’s promises to believers concerning our future? Support your responses with Scripture.
- What will you do today to set your hope in Christ?
Father, thank you for executing your plan with my future in mind. Forgive me, for I don’t always functionally live like you’re in control. Help me to believe that your promises are true, because of Christ, and cause me to set my hope in you. For Christ’s sake, Amen.