The Optimism of Jesus
Are you optimistic about the future of humanity? Do you see a future for humanity that you would want to be a part of forever?
Jesus was and is optimistic about the future of humanity.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Jesus was honest about the basis of His optimism.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15: 5-8
Every Christian should be optimistic about the future of humanity that is abiding in Jesus. Every Christian should be honest about humanity’s chances without abiding in Jesus. Optimism must have a solid, believable reason backing it up. For Christians that reason is Jesus.
A part of being light is seeing what men and women can be in Jesus. A part of being light is to permeate all environments with such good works that our optimism birthed in Jesus is not just words but deeds. Optimism must be seen by actions that treat with reverence and respect what humans can become in Jesus.
Let your Jesus optimism shine clearly through your good works. Do your good works remembering who you were and would be without Jesus’ good works toward you.
Jesus did not treat us as we deserved. Jesus treated us with optimism of what we could become in Him.
When Jesus died on Calvary He did not see humanity as we are. He saw us as the humanity we could become. He clothed His optimism in flesh and blood. His optimism produced the greatest human good work ever seen in the universe. That is why He is the light and in Him we, too, can be through our good works the light of His optimism for humanity.