In the mid-1960s, researchers at the University of Florida developed a drink to replenish electrolytes, sugars and minerals that their athletes lost during strenuous physical activity. The drink, which became a mainstay on the sidelines of Florida Gators football games, soon became known as Gatorade. This idea that started in research labs at the University of Florida grew into an entire industry. Gatorade has grown into a multi-billion dollar business. One of Gatorade’s most well-known slogans is the simple question, “is it in you?”
As we launch into this new year another question needs to be asked: “hope, is it in you”? The apostle Peter challenges all of us with these words in 1 Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”. Our faith in Christ is the hope which anyone can have residing in them. This faith in Christ is such a precious gift that we need to be always ready to share it with others. Because of our faith in Christ our past is forgiven. We no longer have to worry that our sins will be held against us. They have been washed away through the blood of Jesus Christ and will never be held against us. Because of the hope that in us our future is secure. The Lord has guaranteed His followers that He will return for us and we: “…shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17). No matter what may happen in the turbulent climate of political and world events those of us who know Christ have that unshakeable blessed hope. Because of the hope that is in us our present makes sense. We are here in this world with a glorious purpose. We are to live our lives for the glory of God and use our gifts and talents to serve our Lord and introduce people to Him.
We may never be asked to do a Gatorade commercial. However each of us need to ask ourselves the question: “hope, is it in you?”
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation