The book of Colossians starts with a praise by Paul for the church in Colosse for their strong faith and trust in Jesus and love of others. This strength, Paul says, come from their confident hope of their heavenly reservations. Paul says,
For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.
Colossians 1:4-5 NLT
It’s interesting to me that what Paul attributes their fruitfulness to is their hope. Not their good works, not their wisdom, not their strength, but in their hope of eternity in paradise. Paul uses the next 20 or so verses to talk about this road we all face. The road of life as a Christ follower. Paul gives validation to why we are right to have our ultimate hope in Christ alone; because Christ is supreme and eternal as God is, and that our strength to keep going forward comes from Christ. Paul goes on to say,
But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.
Colossians 1:23 NLT
As if he’s saying, you’re going to be tempted to take an easier road but don’t do it! You’re going to hear all kinds of lies, but don’t believe them! You’re going to have every opportunity to doubt and turn away but don’t, be strong, stand firm and don’t worry or doubt, you’re on the right track!
The life issues we face today are not new to us, they we’re foretold, people have been battling them forever. Jesus knew the road to eternity wouldn’t be easy, but we know that, and we know that Jesus will never leave us. Keep on the road, don’t take the bait to find an easier way. There is only one road to eternal hope and that’s though Christ Jesus. Let your hope be stronger than your doubt.