“I hope the weather will be nice tomorrow.” “I hope that cute guy asks me out.” “I hope this new medical treatment will work.” I’m sure we’ve all expressed sentiments like these at one time or another. Often our use of the word hope conveys a sense of doubt as to whether the things we hope for will come to fruition. And sometimes in this life they don’t. Our plans get rained out. Our phones never ring. Our loved ones don’t get better.
Sadly, when asked if they will be in heaven after they die, some people answer, “I hope so,” with the same type of uncertainty. This apprehension comes from thinking that somehow their place in heaven is linked to their good deeds or behavior on earth.
Thankfully, the hope we have of eternal life is not dependent on us or anything we did in this life. It was signed, sealed, and delivered when Christ lived perfectly, died on a cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. Listen to Jesus’ promise: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2,3).
So cast aside any doubt about your eternal destiny and “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).