What moves you away from the confident assurance of who you are in Christ? Colossians 1:22 says that we are reconciled and brought near to God where we stand before Him holy and blameless-without a single fault. The reality of this statement is almost to great for words and the apostle Paul charges followers to actively persevere in this hope.
"... you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel" Colossians 1:23
How does it happen that we move away from our hope? Let's look a little closer at some of the words that are used here. We'll need our "student" hats for a minute....
"Moved away" is from the greek word metakinéō which means "to stir to a place elsewhere." ESV translates it - shifting.
This word in the active voice means "to move something away"This word in the middle voice means, "to remove oneself, shift."But here in Colossians 1 this word is translated in the passive voice, "be... not moved away -from the hope of the gospel” It is something done to us by an insidious outside force!
You see there are forces we allow to move us, discourage us, distract us from the hope of the truth of God's word. My goodness!! I don’t want to be passively formed and moved about by outside influences! I wonder what moves you away from hope?? Cares and hurts in life? Business and distractions? Doubts and criticism? The time vacuum known as Facebook or the internet??
When I searched to see other places in the scripture that use this word, metakineo I found it's the only place in Bible where this word is used. However, another form is used and it almost made me fall out of my chair - - it just bristles with persevering hope!
ametakinētos—means "not to be moved from its place, unmoved, firmly persistent" Soak in this fabulous encouragement today!!!
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable (ametakinetos), always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.