You and I woke up this morning hoping for something. Perhaps you are one of the 90 million Americans who will purchase a lottery ticket this year, hoping to strike it rich and get a major upgrade in your ability to “have it all.” Maybe you hope to find romance this year, and in so doing, you’ll become one of the 49 million singles to use an online dating service.

Hope is an essential desire that pushes us past what we experience in a moment of time to what might be: A passing grade on an exam, a victory in an athletic event, a friendship that is genuine or peace in our family.

Many Americans — 38,000 annually — give up on hope and end their lives.

Is it possible that we have been so caught up in our futile attempts for inner peace and satisfaction that we have ignored the voice of the One who engineered our conception and knit us together in our mother’s womb, and desires to fill the emptiness within our souls with Himself?

Would it make a difference in your outlook on life if you knew for certain that when this life on earth ended for you that you would end up in heaven for all eternity? The assurance for such a gift is available to anyone who will embrace by faith the One we just celebrated at Christmas. He came to bring us eternal life!

Jesus doesn’t desire to be a mere Sunday morning experience, or some kind of miracle response to our frantic 911 calls in times of desperation; He wants to be our God! He offers to be an indwelling presence in our lives, guiding us to levels of joy and fulfillment beyond our wildest dreams.

The apostle Paul tells us that Jesus, to a believer, becomes “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) For each of us, Jesus is but a prayer of surrender away!

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