I like the way the New King James puts it. The faith and love that you have is “because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven”. The reason we can have faith and the motivation behind our love for others is the hope we find in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The hope of eternity with God in heaven drives us.
Where is your hope today? What is your motivation to keep going?
If I put my hope in anything besides the Gospel, I build my house on the sand. When the storms of life come crashing in that house will fall. Only a house built on the Rock of Jesus will survive. Think about how fleeting worldly hope is. Those without Christ have nothing lasting to hope in. How sad and scary that must be. Imagine being able to give them something firm and eternal that they can hope in. That is what the Gospel is.
Everything that is of the world will pass away. Only that which is of God will remain. The Gospel is that sure foundation, the endless truth in which there is no changing. In a world where change is unavoidable, the Gospel of Jesus comes in and declares “You can trust in Jesus forever!” No matter what is going on around you, God is still the same. His love for you will never change.
Sew the seeds of this unchanging Gospel wherever you go and watch eternity blossom all around you. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11. The Gospel is bearing fruit and will continue to bear fruit throughout the world.