Construction continues on my route to work, and here’s a photo of today’s happenings!
I’m not one to think too much about curb on the side of the road, but this caught my eye. Look how tall compared to how wide it is! It seems that most curb is installed to be as high off the road surface as it is wide. So a six-inch-wide (15 cm or so) curb would stand about 6 inches high. I never really thought about how deep it went below ground, but this curb is three times as tall as it is wide. That’s a lot of curb hidden from view!
The process to lay the curb looked a great deal more intensive than you’d think. There’s measuring, digging out the trench, dropping the curb in, leveling it out, and then stabilizing it before moving on to the next piece. Next time you see a curb on the side of the road, appreciate it simply for the work that went into installing it!
Burying two-thirds of these concrete curbs underground makes them virtually immovable. Cars may hit them, but the curbs will come out winning nearly every time!
Did you know that Christ followers are called to be immovable? Paul writes to the church in Corinth, “For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable.” (1 Corinthians 15:56-58)
We have victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ! This life on earth is but a mist. We are only here for a short time, but heaven will last forever!
We remain strong and immovable when our confidence in the saving work of Christ goes deep. That confidence begins on the inside, and may be much deeper than others ever have the opportunity to observe. No matter what we say, no one really knows how deep our faith is until it’s tested. When that time comes, and we remain steadfast in our trust in our Savior, our faith becomes a beacon of light to others who may be overwhelmed by circumstance.
Be strong and immovable, and be a beacon of hope in the darkness!
Paul also wrote to Titus, “I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.” (Titus 1:1-2 NLT)
He writes two things about this truth:
- it shows us how to live godly lives now, and
- gives us confidence of our promised eternal life.
How well are you grounded in the Truth of the Good News of Jesus Christ? Do you put in the effort needed in order to have a firm foundation of faith that will see you through the storms of this life? Spend time daily in God’s Word, asking him to teach you how to apply it to your life. He loves that kind of request! Spend time in the company of other believers, and encourage one another on your journeys of faith.
Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:10-17)
There were a lot of action words in that passage! It seems that the life of faith is not just a handout. It’s something we have to put work into.
Something else this passage teaches us is that we have something to be immovable against. Being immovable doesn’t really mean anything if there’s no force coming against us, does it? But we are fighting a battle by standing firm against “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
I’d say armor would be rather important, wouldn’t you? Get to know your armor, and get comfortable wearing it. Then when the battle comes, you won’t be vulnerable to attack, but will be able to “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
Are you strong and immovable in your victory in Jesus, no matter what life throws at you?
How are you applying God’s Word to your life?
What steps do you take to suit up for battle, and strengthen your ability to stand firm?