A Beacon of Hope

When praying about what to share in this blog, the phrase ‘beacon of hope’ kept coming to mind.

Trusty Google told me that a beacon is “a fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal or celebration.” This sounds a lot like Matthew 5:14-16, right?

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

A beacon of hope is like a light, a candle, a town on a hill, a fire for all to see which signals hope. This is us. Jesus is the hope of the world and we shine His light. His hope on this earth is us- the Church. We are beacons of hope.

I guess hope is exactly what this world needs in this season and we can provide that through Jesus Christ. Jesus provides hope for a purpose. Hope for provision. Hope for salvation. Hope for true acceptance. Hope for peace in uncertainty. Hope for new life. I could definitely go on...
Can you think of someone who needs some of this hope? Or maybe you feel like you need some of this hope?

The great news is God is faithful to provide hope, and the greatest hope we can profess is the forgiveness of our sins and the free ticket into eternal life that Jesus has provided for us, through His ultimate sacrifice, dying on the cross, and His ultimate victory, rising again.
God also looks after us on this earth. He provides purpose, peace and provision, and His faithfulness means we never need to feel hopeless.

Hebrews 10:23- “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful”

So, once we have this hope for ourselves, how can we actually be a beacon of hope?

Let your light shine: The Holy Spirit lives inside us, therefore we just shine. When we’re obedient to God in the big and small things, when we show kindness and love to those around us; but also in our weakness. The Holy Spirit can shine hope from us even when we can’t see it. God can use us more than we can ask or imagine, even when we least expect it.

Pray: Pray that God will use you to bring hope to those who surround you. Pray God will show people the light that shines from within you. Pray for God’s presence to increasingly go before you, and follow you throughout your day, to touch the hearts of those around you. Pray that you will be aware of the people around you that need hope. Pray for peace for those that need peace and for vision for those that need purpose.

Share: Share testimonies of the living Jesus, which help you to know that this hope is secure.

Serve: Practically provide for those who are in need. In small ways, like a chocolate bar or a card on a difficult day. Through showing acceptance to those who need to know they can be loved. Through spending your time with someone who needs someone else. Through sending an encouraging message or an act of kindness.

Expectation: God has placed you where you are for such a time like this. Be expectant for God to use you to bring hope to those around you.

Our world has always needed hope, but in this season, I think we and those around us are more willing to admit that this world is shaky, and not as steady as maybe we all wanted to think.

Jesus has made us beacons of hope in a world that desperately needs it.

Hebrews 6:19-20- “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,  where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Let’s hold firm to the truth that Jesus is our hope, while we let God shine through us so we become beacons of hope to those around us.

Hannah Mitchell