Colossians 1:21-23 (NRSV)
21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him- 23 provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
Did you know that some 7,000 automobiles a year collide with trains at level grade crossings? 650 people a years are killed. Why does this happen? Trains are huge. How could anyone miss seeing a train? Research indicates that the larger an object is, the slower it appears to move. When a train and car are on a collision course, the driver of the car does not perceive the train as moving at a high rate of speed. This illusion often causes the car and train to arrive at the crossing at the same time. The driver’s eye is off the crossing and on the train in a kind of fatal hypnotism that leads to ultimate disaster.
This is a complicated world we live in. So many things pull our eyes and hearts away from following Christ. Life will run you over if you are not careful. The only way to navigate it successfully is by focusing on Jesus.
Paul tells us that keeping the faith is key. We must trust God to be with us through every good fight, every tough race, every illness, every tragedy, conflict and crisis. Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 4:17 that “The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.” It is the Lord who gives us our strength. With that strength we are to proclaim that it is our faith in Christ that brings us through and carries us to the promised land. Think about it.