22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
If you were going to rappel down a steep cliff over jagged ocean rocks and had the choice of a professional-grade rope and climbing belay or a piece of string and a safety pin, the decision is obvious. When you are traversing difficult terrain, you want to be secured by something you know will hold, right?
Spiritually speaking, the Christian life is a whole lot like traversing through difficult terrain. The thing is, we don’t always recognize the dangers and prepare accordingly. Paul wrote to the Colossians about that. He wanted them to remain securely fastened to the hope of Christ. He wanted to encourage those believers to remain grounded, remembering what God had delivered them from in Christ. Once hostile to God (v. 21), believers are now redeemed and in Jesus’ family. As if that’s not enough, we’re also seen as holy, faultless, and blameless before God because of Jesus’ righteousness that’s attributed to us. Our responsibility is to continue in that truth, refusing to shift the weight of our faith to anything other than the gospel.
Our lives must be firmly held by the supreme foundation of Jesus, and our faith must be fixed on Him, too. When even our small decisions are not based on our personal desire but rather in obedience to Jesus we show that we truly believe in His supremacy and His power and ability to carry us to the end. When we see Jesus like this and lose our lives in His greatness, we experience the freedom and joy of living He came to give us.
• What would change in your life this week if you remained fully grounded and steadfast in your faith?
• In what area of your life are you trying to hold onto your own self-fulfillment instead of losing yourself in Jesus?
• Praise Jesus in His greatness. Thank Him that He is the Author and Sustainer of all life, and ask Him to help you see His greatness in such a way that you lose yourself in Him.