One Hope

Adam Navis

Read: Ephesians 4:1-8

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call. (v. 4)

In this Advent season, Christians around the world look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. We wait, and while we wait, we consider the hope that Christ’s coming brought into the world.

At Words of Hope, we think about this hope every day. Words of Hope does much more than publish this devotional. We work with Christians around the world, helping indigenous Christian leaders make radio programs and other media in their own languages, to share the hope of Jesus with people in their own countries. In our office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we have the privilege of hearing stories—from distant places and very different people—that testify to this hope. But they all testify to our baptism into one single body, the body of Christ. Over the next two weeks, we will share some of these stories of hope with you. (Note that some names have been changed to protect privacy.)

Today’s Scripture reminds us that, regardless of who we are, what we’ve experienced, or where we live, we not only have one hope, but also “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (vv. 5-6). While the pain and struggle that weigh upon our lives is very real, our hope in the transforming love of Jesus Christ is not to be suppressed. May hope overflow in your life today. —Adam Navis, WOH staff

Prayer: Lord, you are my only hope and salvation. Amen.