Read Colossians 1:1-6
Everyone needs it, everyone should give it and everyone thrives when they have it. What's it? It's hope. The Apostle Paul was a man of hope, a man of encouragement. He wrote letters to the churches in the New Testament and always seems to be writing with an air of hope about him. Always encouraging believers to remember the hope we have and ultimately the future hope we'll all experience with God in eternity.
Paul writes in Colossians 1:4 about the believers faith and hope that spring from the hope that is stored up in heaven and how it's all about the truth of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. He says in 1 Corinthians 15:17-19 that if Christ has not been raised from the dead our faith is futile, we're still in our sins and we have no hope. In other words, if only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
This advent season it's important for all of us to remember the hope we have that comes from the Good News of the Gospel. Our hope isn't something we wish for, it's what Hebrews 11:1 tells us. Our faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Jesus Christ - poured out His life as a sacrifice for our lives so that we might have eternal hope; so that we might be encouraged in our faith to trust in everything Jesus said and did for us. Hope in the Son of God. Hope in His Sacrifice. Hope in His love. And hope in all of His promises this Advent Season.