The Apostle Paul told the Colossian Christians and us today that the goal of the true believer is steadfastness in Christ. (Col. 1:23; Col. 2:5-7) He wants us to be grounded in the faith, knowing what we believe and why. He admonishes us to be in the fight of faith for the duration. Jesus has promised that He is returning, but we don’t know when so we must be ready at all times.
We are instructed to be active for Him, watching, waiting, and working for Jesus! Paul told the Ephesians that we were saved for good works. We were to be a “people zealous for good works.”
To be this kind of Christian does not happen overnight but comes into fruition as we grow in the Lord. It is the Lord’s desire that we grow in Him. It is His desire that we be grounded in the faith. He has equipped us for service by giving us the Word of God.
We are to have the right anchors in life. We need the anchor that will hold in the storms of life, the Lord Jesus! We read in 1 Cor. 15:58: “therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
Notice that while steadfastness is commanded and knowledge of the Word is needed, this must translate into an abundant life in the Lord. This takes us back to the words of Jesus in the Gospels that He offers the Christian an abundant life, one that will help us, not only in our own spiritual growth, but will help us reach the lost with the Gospel and enable us to strengthen those in Christ.
All of us should desire that kind life, but it does not come without a desire to equip one’s self for service. If we would lead the steadfast life that God requires, we must appropriate all of the spiritual resources available.