But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Colossians 1:22-23
Have you ever been lost in the woods? If you are new to the outdoors, this can be a frightening experience. Some venture off in panic to become more lost, and others begin to practice survival skills they learned from watching too many TV reality shows. We are told that staying put will help others find us. That’s not comforting when you’re sitting in the middle of no where and your buddy begins staring at you like you’re a nice juicy steak. But a real key to survival is to keep your head—don’t panic. Don’t become more lost.
We all probably agree, however, that it’s better not to get lost in the first place. How do we avoid this? We need reference points. In nature, God gives us a wonderful reference point: the North Star. Men have used it for centuries to navigate because it stays fixed in the heavens. From our vantage point, all the other stars move around it. Another fixed point is magnetic north. The planet is like one big magnet with invisible fields streaming in and out of its poles. The simple and elegant device we call the compass takes full advantage of these fields. Using the compass, explorers have traveled the globe in their quest to subdue the creation.
Thank God for all the knowledge and technology that keeps us from losing our way. But there is another kind of lostness we all face or have faced: spiritual lostness. Everyday, people meander through life, growing more and more bewildered. Can’t seem to find their bearings or the right coordinates. They panic and spend their life running down trails that go nowhere or remain shipwrecked on their islands of doubt and tangled beliefs. I know this—I’ve been there. If left in this state, man will face a spiritual death—eternal separation from God.
So what can we do? Where does our hope lie? As people realize their condition, they can simply look to God’s reference point—the cross. The cross is our fixed hope—a spiritual navigation beacon. It guides us through the rough and stormy seas of sin and death. As we continue to look through the eyes of faith, we will see other navigation points to help us along the way. He gives us His Word and the Holy Spirit. Like a map and compass, they are always there, guiding us to our next position in the journey. We definitely need them for He tells us that the way is narrow. We don’t tread a well worn path, and it’s not always easy. But the scripture tells us He is with us always.
If you feel lost, don’t panic. Cry out to God and fix your hope on that immovable symbol, the cross. He will come to your aide and set you on the right path. Fellow hikers will accompany you. You’re bound to find lost pilgrims along the way. Show them the way, even better—take them with you. Don’t lose heart; don’t be fearful. Stay on the path of God. The views at the top will take your breath away.
Happy Easter season everyone! May God bless you and your family as we celebrate and remember our Savior, our hope.