if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, (Col 1:23a)
Seeing and cherishing Jesus and all that He is for you, gives you the motive to keep moving in being obedient to God. We not not creatures of intellectual assent only. We are driven by what affects us. The gospel is the message of the most heart moving reality in the universe. God came to save rebels by sacrificing His own Son on their behalf.
The love found in the gospel compels us to believe the truth, “God has saved me from my sins.” This truth is astounding! God, the one we offend, does the work of salvation. It is not us coming to Him. No, He came to us. This God has saved us. God, through the death and resurrection of His Son, has accomplished the task of saving those who believe in Christ. It is not a job which is in progress neither is it questionable if He has done it or not. It is finished! He has completed the work of saving us from the sin that ruins us and condemns us.
But here is the dilemma of our everyday lives: it does not feel like it. The gospel is a message of victory by One who loves us beyond our comprehension. But right now sin, our sins, stand before us like a looming storm. All we can seem to see is the black, billowing clouds of guilt and failure on the horizon. Why move forward when there is such hopelessness before us?
Because that is not truth! the gospel is true! Christ is real and His promises as true! “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1). “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14).
We can move forward because of hope! This is not a wishful hope. The Bible knows no such things. This is a certain hope!
The certain hope of the gospel keeps us moving forward. Even if it is one step at a time. We can walk amidst the sin and muck of our and our fellow believers lives because we have the hope. The hope that God has saved us from sin. We are ransomed. We are made holy before Him. And we known that the work He started He will complete, Christ did not die to only fail in leading us through the storm. When we see the storm of sinfulness of this life, we look to the gospel and hope!
And we can then keep moving forward in following after our Savior.