Optimism or Pessimism?

January 29, 2013

Years ago in one of his books, the famous Methodist evangelist, E. Stanley Jones, commented that the first Christians did not wring their hands in despair and hopelessness saying, “Look what the world has come to!” Instead, with great delight and enthusiasm the early Christians declared, “Look what has come to the world!” The excitement of Jesus Christ had so captivated their hearts and minds, that with great boldness and courage they went to a lost and dying world with the Good News of a Savior who had come!

I guess we all fall prey to pessimistic feelings from time to time. When we look about us at the violence, corruption, injustice, oppression, and sinfulness of man in the world, it can emotionally get us down. I have been trying to keep more of a focus on the Good News of the Gospel, and the great work that Jesus Christ accomplished for all men when He died on a cross and rose again triumphantly from the dead! Because of what Jesus has done, mankind can now receive forgiveness, reconciliation, peace, meaning, and hope. I believe our attitudes can dramatically change when we concentrate on WHAT HAS COME TO the world, rather than what the world HAS COME TO.

How we need to thank God for a Savior, Jesus Christ, who brings to us a new beginning, and hope for the future! It is never easy to be a Christian. I must learn how to live by faith, and not by feelings. The real question for me is, “How excited am I about sharing Jesus with others?”

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live WITH GREAT EXPECTATION!”
1 Peter 1:3 NLT

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