We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. – Hebrews 6:19 (HSCB)
This short verse has had a powerful impact on me. I recall using this verse in every family member’s memorial serve that I’ve preached. And that has been a lot of funerals.
The first thing I saw in this verse is that we have hope. As Followers of Jesus, we have hope in the middle of what seems to be loss. I’ve offered this thought as well – If the person who passed away knew Jesus as Savior than we know we have hope. We know that one day we will see that person again in Heaven.
Every family needs an anchor, just like every soul needs an anchor. Every family must be able to cling to the promise of Jesus. In times of joy. In times of sorrow. We need the anchor of hope.
Why do we need our family to hold true, like an anchor? Because every family is dysfunctional in some way! There must be something that is rock solid that anchors the good, the bad and the ugly of our families. At weddings and funerals, you see the best and the worst of family. When you step out of the light that shines on our best moments of family, there must be something that anchors us from washing away.
The great thing about having hope in a difficult time is that it holds us steady. This verse also talks about our hope being like an anchor. When we have the hope of heaven, it anchors us. Even though we experience emotions of joy, loss, sorrow and hope…hope is that power of the Gospel.
Whether your family is ideal, or less than ideal, you can find hope when your family chooses to anchor itself to Jesus, the hope of the whole world and the Savior of all mankind. When we put our hope in Jesus we don’t have to have the perfect family, we can be sure to have a forgiving and forgiven family! This is the hope of glory for every family, so drop your anchor of hope in the Hope of Glory, the Lord Jesus
I read a headline a while back that said “18 year old girl can face manslaughter charge for allegedly encouraging boyfriend’s suicide, judge rules.”
Newsflash: If someone is encouraging you to hurt yourself, IT IS NOT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP!!!
While I know it is an extreme example, this story illustrates a truth that so many of us experience in our own lives on different levels. I’m talking about allowing voices to influence us that are not speaking truth in love or pointing us to God’s best for our lives. All of us have influences in our lives that give us messages based on lies. While these lies may not lead to our physical death, they may be calling us down paths that lead to pain, regret, and a cheap imitation of God’s best.
A principle we want all students to know is this: Your life will be significantly shaped by your relationships.
It’s guaranteed in this life you will face the attack of critics and haters. You will have opportunity to respond emotionally. You will have the opportunity to go off. You’ll have the opportunity to blow up.
BUT! before you hit send, before you go off… I want to ask you to consider how the faithful fight back. There is a right way to fight… there is a holy way to handle your haters.
The first time anyone ever trusted me to babysit was my sister asking me to watch her first born son, Trey. I was a senior in high school, and spending time with my three-year-old nephew who was like a younger brother to me sounded like fun. I mean, how hard could babysitting really be?
(If you have ever babysat, you know what an awesome responsibility that is. You probably also know that if you are not careful and don’t foresee dangerous situations, things can go terribly wrong. I now know that.)
I decided that Trey and I would play soccer in the front yard. He just started playing soccer on a team and was trying to learn basic skills and and “Uncle Tripp” was going to show him a few pointers. Well, Uncle Tripp was no better at soccer than three year old Trey, so we found ourselves kicking the ball in the road more times than not…
“[Love] does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;” – 1 Corinthians 13:5
To truly understand the power of serving others, we must understand the root and motivation behind it. In Mark 10:43, Jesus is crystal clear about leadership and greatness. He said, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.
Just like a children’s classroom, we “show and tell” our willingness to love others to the degree that we naturally serve them. I walked to the front of my class as a fourth grade with a rock carve ben centuries of water in the Antarctic. It was a very cool “show and tell.” But that rock didn’t talk, serve, love or impact anybody. It didn’t call someone to action. It simply was a rock! But I do recall the first couple that I had the privilege of leading to Christ. I fell in love with a couple that knew nothing of Jesus and in a matter of twenty minutes they went from knowing nothing of faith to asking Jesus into their hearts. That’s a powerful “show and tell.”
Have you ever wondered … what’s the big deal with Jesus?
Where I grew up, I remember singing songs like, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, greatest name I know.” I’m sure I’ve heard hundreds of lessons and sermons about Jesus … that Jesus is the answer … that he is our hope … that he loves us. There were all true.
Today’s climate and culture is different, I suppose. It seems we live in a world that doesn’t value Jesus in the same way. It’s as if his name has become just another name, and he has become just another way.
So why do we make a big deal about Jesus around here?
Why do we say that the Bible is a big deal and that Jesus is the biggest deal?