Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
Life of Faith
There is an ancient Greek myth about a man named Sisyphus, whose fate it was to roll a boulder up a steep hill. He would work and push, and labor and haul at that boulder. He would advance it a few feet. But whenever he stopped to rest, the boulder would roll back down the hill. And all his progress would be lost.
Is that sometimes how it feels with your spiritual life? Do you try to move forward in your life of faith, only to lose the ground you just gained? Do you sometimes feel like it’s an impossible task to progress your life as a Christian? Do you ever feel shaky about just trying to maintain your footing on the “steep slope” of life?
God is able to establish you. God is able to make you stand firm. God has the power to place your feet on solid ground.
Picture a construction site. The lot is cleared. The ground is levelled. And then…bam! bam! bam! Pile drivers pound the backbone of the building firmly into the ground.
Picture God doing that with you. He takes the message of your Savior, announced in advance through the Old Testament prophets and revealed in the writings of the New Testament, and drives it deep into your heart. God takes the good news of Jesus Christ—his blessed birth in Bethlehem, his life lived for you, his death on the cross for you, and his resurrection from the dead for you—and firmly builds your faith on it.
Moving forward in our life of faith is hard work. It takes perseverance. It sometimes seems impossible, given our sinful weakness. But our gracious God is the one who establishes us in the good news message of Christmas. God is the one who keeps us firmly grounded in his loving promises. God is the one who gives us the power to progress in our life of faith.
To him be glory forever through Jesus Christ!
Dear Father, you see how I struggle in my life as your child. Establish me in faith, ground me firmly in your promises of love and forgiveness in Christ, and give me the strength to serve you and others. Amen.
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