the hope of glory
In the first verse of this passage, Paul reminds the people of Colossae that the hope and guarantee of glory rest in that Christ is in and among us.
At the coming, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, the glory of God's love was revealed and ceased to be a mystery to all of us. When Jesus came - He demolished the separation of all people from the presence of God. When Jesus turned everything upside down, we were not only given access to the presence of God, but God promised that His presence would dwell within us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul tells us that Christ in us is the hope of glory. If you are like me, you are now wondering what "the hope of glory" even means. The glory of God is the love of God. When we encounter God, we encounter love because God IS love.
let's get practical
So what does any of that mean for you on a practical level? There is only one thing that all people have in common: an innate need for love and belonging, and those two things have power to bring hope to any circumstance. Well, if the presence of God lives in you, and God is love, now YOU are love. You have been given a supernatural ability to love the people in front of you in a way that is radical. And the way you love instills hope in the people that are receiving your love.
As you read this, I hope that you are inspired by all the opportunities that you have to love the people in front of you - and as ideas pop into your head of how you can walk in that love today, I challenge you to push the limits of what your love looks like. Take a moment to think of a way you could show love today, that might push you out of your comfort zone, and open your eyes to God's power in you as you give him room to love through you.
Jesus - thank you for the way you loved radically. That you always said yes to love and in the most ultimate demonstration of love you gave yourself in our place. Please fill me with your love today and let it be what I choose, so you will bring hope and life to the people in my path.
- Billie Anne Hardigree