. . . that you may know what is the hope of His calling . . .

       (Ephesians 1:18b)

 

Christian hope is never merely within us; instead, it lies before us. While our inward hope may flag into the depths of despair, the great Object of our hope never varies. He is always before us. Only the eyes of the heart can fasten onto this hope, like an instrument of navigation fastens to the polar star. The “calling” from which this expectation springs is spoken of as “His,” not as ours, because it is not our privilege that is here in view, so much as it is His boundless grace.