Two words capture the eye whenever they are seen: "new" and "hope". Everyone loves "new things". Whenever a package claims to be "new and improved", we instinctively find ourselves wanting to get it, to have it and partake of it. The second word, "hope" - brings courage, confidence, light and joy to those who have not had it or had little supply of it. These two little words, when combined together, capture the essence of what occurs at the beginning of the Christian life and throughout its days.
So what is there about new "h.o.p.e" in Jesus Christ that sets apart the Christian and what should be the spiritual vitality of the local church? For brevity's sake, let's consider the letter "H" for today.
Hunger for God is proportional to love for Him. Hunger for God is indicated in the way I love others. 1 John 4:7-10 states - "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." Implied in our loving of God is knowing God. One cannot love another person without knowing them. Hence when I say "loving God", it is short-hand for expressing the essentials of relating to God (knowing, praying, listening, obeying, believing and so on).
Such an impulse arises not from the natural human heart, but rather the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit working on the heart. This kind of hunger is urged upon us in Hebrews 10:24 "and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds". Or again in 1 Peter 2:12 "Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation."