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By Jan Davis
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A classic children’s toy is the top. Children watch it spin because of the natural momentum and the axis built into its center. The beautiful colors blend into a rainbow as it appears to twirl effortlessly. They do not realize the work necessary to power it into motion.
The gift of salvation, like the top, is made of beautiful colors with the potential to bring us joy. Some will choose to reject the gift and live their lives on their own terms and watch it spin out of control without Jesus as their axis. Others will receive the gift and decide to leave it in the box. They acknowledge the gift and confess their love for it, but never experience any joy. Over time it collects dust and its colors fade.
But for those of us who choose to enjoy the gift of salvation, we take it out of the box man has placed it in and find pleasure in our gift. We are free to spin on Christ’s axis as the colors meld together into one beautiful kaleidoscope. We realize the more effort applied, the greater the reward. Each time we slow and begin to topple from our axis, Christ sets us upright and we once again create the momentum necessary to start the spinning process over. Our axis keeps it upright, but we must do the work. Over time, and with practice, we will spin for longer periods, enjoying the fruits of our labor as our momentum builds upon each successful ending.
When we are focused on Christ, life is good. As Christ’s followers, we operate upon His axis. Choices and decisions are made based on the truths found in His word. We listen to His voice and His Holy Spirit directs our steps. Like the top, we may lose our balance and fall, but with Christ as our axis, we pick ourselves up and keep building on the momentum. With each successful spin, we become stronger. Our life in Christ takes effort and time, but the results will always bring success because He is in control.
1 Chronicles 16:30 “Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.”
Hebrews 6:19(a) “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.”
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