Word for Today – Philippians 3:15-16

Hold Fast

Have you ever thundered down the tracks of a wild roller coaster? Before I got older and the G-forces made my head swim in a sea of dizziness, I was a roller coaster riding maniac. I loved all the twists and turns that required the white-knuckle death grip on the grab bars that stretched over my lap or shoulders.

The Christian life can be like a roller coaster. Just like the intensity of these squeal-producing marvels varies, so do the roller coasters of real life. However, if we approach life riding in a car of Christianity, we have the extra security of faith that holds us in place when we speed down sometimes chaotic tracks we encounter.

As a high-school student I made several excursions to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. The most popular ride with my friends and me was the Shock Wave whose signature double loop was considered pretty wicked in the early 80s. My maiden voyage on the Shock Wave was scary awesome; I white-knuckled it and screeched through all the twists, turns, and loops. However, the more I rode, my familiarity with all aspects of the miniature train grew and so did my confidence.

This growing confidence caused me to get a little daring with each subsequent ride. First, my friends and I targeted the last seat in the mini-train of cars which had the reputation of being the most tossed about as it sped down the track. We then graduated to the very first car which yielded the best view of the approaching twist, turns, and loops. Once we discovered the wild joy of the front car, our next mission was to ride with ours arms positioned over our heads fighting against the wind and our fears. Looking back on those wonderful memories makes me think of life with God.

“Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained” (Philippians 3:15-16 NRSV).

Much in the same way I grew familiar with the Shock Wave and gained confidence each time I rode, the same happens when we walk with God. As my friends and I gained confidence on the double-loop roller coaster our boldness grew, and we tried new things. As we allow God to work in our lives, Christians learn what to hold on to as their faith develops. For example, through Jesus, God loves us and gives us eternal salvation (John 3:16). God is eager to forgive us when we stumble and confess our sins (1 John 1:9). God is faithful and gives us strength (1 Corinthians 1:8-9).

When secured by those promises, we are better able to ride life’s tumultuous tracks with confidence. We don’t have to believe the enemy’s lies. We don’t have to doubt God’s love and salvation when we are not perfect. We know that there is no sin that God will not forgive. These are the lap and shoulder bars that Jesus gave to us to cling to when he died on the cross.

It doesn’t matter how wild a ride we find ourselves on, we need to hold fast to all that we have attained in God through Christ Jesus. As the Scripture says, there are always things we will not understand, but as we ride life’s roller coaster with God and hold fast to faith, he will continually reveal great things to us.

Word for Today: When you find yourself on life’s roller coasters, hold fast to what you have attained though Christ Jesus.

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