Cultivating Christian Hope
Cultivating hope requires that we consider the evidence. As we abide in Christ, His unmerited favor flows continuously to us, as a vine continuously supplies its branches with nourishment. The evidence of this continuous supply are the leaves, the growth, the buds, the flowers, and the fruit of the branches. Likewise, in our Christian lives, there will be evidence of God's continuous supply of grace as we, like the branch, rest in the vine. The leaves of the branch are the means to convert the provided nutrients into useful work. God's grace provides both the nutrients and the means to convert this supply into useful work for His kingdom. The supply may be a spiritual insight and the means God's providential care in presenting you the opportunity to share this insight with an individual or community of believers prepared by God to receive it. The supply may be a material provision, and the means its providential timing in your life or the life of your faith community. The supply may be mental, a word of knowledge, and the means God's providential provision of a platform to share that knowledge. If you are abiding in the vine, the evidence if His provision is not difficult to find. Cultivate hope by looking for the evidence.