June 15, 2017
Confidence and Pride
June 15, 2017
This week’s sermon text: James 5:7-12
Do you think a lot about hope? American poet Emily Dickinson said that “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” Desmond Tutu, the South African bishop that helped his country heal after Apartheid said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Our scripture passage for today says that “confidence and pride belong to hope” (v. 6).
I like the thought that our hope in Christ leads us to confidence and pride – confidence that we are God’s children and proud that we are “holy partners in a heavenly calling” (v. 1). Our lives give us myriad opportunities to show God’s love to those with whom we live, work, and come into contact through daily life. What a great privilege to be God’s hands and feet in the world! No wonder we have confidence and pride through our hope in Christ!
Questions for the Field
- What does hope mean to you?
- What opportunities do you have to be God’s hands and feet in the world?
Family Field Talk
- What is something you’re very proud of?
- What is something you hope for?
- What could you do for a friend or family member today that would make you feel proud and give them hope?
Dear God, we thank you for the gift of hope – that keeps us close to you, open to the future, and ever-mindful of how we can live out our heavenly calling to be your hands and feet in the world. Amen.