Hope is Magical

Hope is magical; or better put, it’s miraculous. It changes our perspective and it changes lives.

The developing world is full of people with tenacity and strength who lack the resources to make their dreams reality. They need hope. Those of us with resources can offer them hope: We have the ability to completely transform lives.

The incredible thing about offering someone hope is that doing so also offers you hope. It makes you believe in what the person you’re helping is yet to see. It changes the way you feel about the state of that person’s life, and in doing so, causes you to think about what hope God has in store for you. It gives you a small glimpse at God’s eternal perspective—you briefly see the connections he does: how he has used you to help someone else, and how he will likely use someone else to help you.

When we give of our time, money, or resources, we have the opportunity to watch Jesus’ work in the world. We have a chance to see God at work.

In this early stage of Jesus’ Economy, we’re dreaming of a better world—we’re contemplating what the world could look like. We want to ignite a movement of people who are bringers of hope. We want to inspire people to empower others and to give them the outlet to do so.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV).

Jesus has great opportunities in store for this generation. He is the hope that Hebrews 11 speaks about. It is his work through the Spirit that we’re anticipating and desire to fully realize. It is Jesus’ second coming that we wait for. But it is his work now that we live for.

As Christians, we are convicted that Jesus was resurrected from death and is working even now. We believe in what he is yet to do, and we should do everything we can to be a part of it.

Sadly, many people wait a lifetime for the right opportunity to truly make a difference in someone else’s life. And even more disheartening, many people wait a lifetime for someone else to help them, without anyone ever coming.

I believe that God has life changing opportunities in front of us now. If we simply look around, we will see them. If we pray earnestly, we will realize how awesome God is and how much work he is doing at this very moment.

God wants to use you for great things today. Today is the day that you can bring hope to those in need. Today is the day that you can acknowledge that hope is something all people deserve. In hope, there is something magical that ignites our spirits—and it’s something we can bring to others in the name of the Jesus.

John Barry
John Barry


CEO and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. His new book is Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. It is widely endorsed by Christian leaders from around the world.