‘…and the love you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the Gospel…” – Colossians 1:4-5
If we ought to submit our mind to any new mentality, then it’s the mentality of the Kingdom of God. We ought to be a living spring of hope, joy and there should be a lively expression on our faces. We cannot say we live an abundant life and have no evidence of it whatsoever. For us-who belong to the Kingdom of God is ‘forbidden’ to not have hope.
When people read Colossians 1:4-5, they think that this hope is reserved only and exclusively for heaven, only when we depart from here we’ll taste and see the hope there. That’s not the case. This hope, that comes straight from God’s heart was released when Jesus rose from the dead; but became active in our lives the day we heard the Gospel. The Colossians as believers were taught in grace by Epaphras . He was an earnest follower of Christ who prayed constantly for the believers through the grace and hope he had in his heart..
The condition of his fervent prayers is described by a very specific word in Greek, ‘agonosis’ from which the word ‘agony’ has been derived.
But in this instance, the condition of agony is not in a negative context, but rather Epaphras having had an abundant hope through which he interceded for others-constantly and fervently!
Personally I would like for us to be more like him; to go around ourselves and our thoughts and attitudes, so we can focus on others. To allow this hope of God in us for others to have its work; otherwise we’ll become slaves to our wrong motives and desires.
Of course it’s not always easy, to be in ‘agony’ for others, but it’s not a torment or unbearable condition. Jesus made sure that it won’t be like that for us.
So, let’s go with the flow of God’s grace, because it has the power to quicken the hope which sets us free from egocentric attitude.
We become the most joyful people when we have God’s hope for others.