Called to Stand Firm
2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
Every year, storms originating in equatorial regions of the Atlantic Ocean pound America’s eastern seaboard states with fury. A typical post-hurricane photo will always show scores of boats piled up like so much kindling, hundreds of yards inland. Moorings that are adequate in balmy weather are no match for 100+ m.p.h. winds.
Where a person ends up after a storm in life tells a lot about the strength of his or her moorings. And the time to check those moorings is before the storm hits. Unlike boats in a harbor, Christians are moored to an unmovable, unshakable rock that is Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 10:4). We tie ourselves to him by faith—which is untested until the storms come. Since we know that he will never be moved, the question is one of our faithfulness: What is there in our calling from God that will keep us tied firmly to Christ until the end?
A group of Christians in Thessalonica received counsel from the apostle Paul on this subject. Paul wrote to them about a great time of testing that they—or the church succeeding them—was destined to go through. A “man of lawlessness” (2 Thess. 2:3) would, as a pawn of Satan, challenge the work of God and attempt to lead astray the people of God. What defense would they have against such a satanic storm? Only one, Paul said. The fact that God has chosen you for salvation, and you have been called to that salvation through the gospel message, is what will ensure your sharing in the glory of Christ when he returns. If you believe, and are standing firm in the faith, then you will endure to the end. When the storm is over, others who thought they were secure may be scattered and shattered—but you will remain anchored to the Rock.
Have you responded to God’s call through the gospel? If so, you are tied securely to the Rock that is Christ. That’s not a reason to relax, but a reason to examine your faith and make sure it is adequate for every test. “The one who calls you is faithful” (1 Thess. 5:24)—let us be faithful as well.
God’s Promise to You: “No storm can dislodge the one anchored to my Son.”