From Hope for Each Day: Morning and Evening Devotions by Billy Graham
A Beacon of Hope
“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again. . . .” – John 14:3
In his remarkable book Christian Behavior, C. S. Lewis said, “Hope is one of the theological virtues.” He meant that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not, as some people think, a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.
This does not mean we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were those who thought the most of the next. It is only since Christians have largely ceased to think of the next world that they have become so ineffective in this one. “Aim at heaven,” said Lewis, “and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth, and you will get neither.”
In the midst of the pessimism, gloom, and frustration of the present hour there is one bright beacon of hope—and that is the promise of Jesus Christ, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself” (John 14:3).
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