This guest post was written by Anne Marie Sopiarz. Anne Marie is a professional Christian Life Coach through Youth Ministry. She is passionate about helping others live the full and abundant life Jesus has called each of us to! She lives in the Chicagoland suburbs with her husband and three daughters. She can be found on the web at www.AnneMarieChristianCoaching.com
If you had been hanging around me the past couple months, you’d know I have a newfound love for anchors. It is the screensaver on my laptop, my husband gave me an anchor necklace, and I even have socks with anchors on them!
Apparently, I discovered anchors at the same time they became popular in fashion. I see nautical themes all over — kids’ clothes, women’s clothes, coffee mugs, tote bags, home decorations.
While I do like nautical themed items, my adoration with anchors really comes from Hebrew 6:19 (NIV) where it says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
A mentor and friend of mine lent me this verse last year when I most needed to hear it. When I most needed “an anchor for my soul”. I have learned and now experienced that from the depths of my very soul I am attached, I am fastened, I am anchored, to Jesus. Securely. Firmly. Forever. And that is what brings me confidence.
Often, we look for our hope and certainty in this world. I know I have done this. We look for hope in a spouse or a friend, in a job or title, in our bank account, or in our children’s behavior.
These earthly hopes are far less than certain! They will let us down. We were created to put our hope only in Him! And what a hope it is!
Bible commentator Alexander Maclaren reminds us that this hope is not simply something we wish for in the future, in the dim unknown. But that this hope is certain.
He says, “There is the anchorage. Nothing can touch that. If we cleave to Jesus Christ we have anchored ourselves in the fastnesses of the divine nature. We have struck the roots of our hopes deep into the very being of God; and all that is majestic, all that is omnipotent, all that is tender, all that is immutable in Him goes to confirm to my poor heart the astounding expectation that whatsoever Christ is I shall become, and that wheresoever Christ is there will also His servant be.”
So how do we become attached to this Anchor?
Maclaren says, “The habit of Christian hope needs diligent cultivation and strenuous effort.” This effort includes shifting our focus by developing spiritual disciplines like prayer, worship, Bible reading, and many others. In order to do that we must first detach from our earthly hopes.
Two years ago, on a Tuesday morning, I nervously walked into a new Bible study for women. I knew God had called me to be there and I wanted to be there, but I was also nervous! It was a new space and new women—I instantly felt like a junior high girl again!
Leading up to that Tuesday I had been struggling with knowing God’s plan for my life. I did not know what direction He wanted me to take. I tried to figure it out for myself for a long time!
A wise woman reminded me of the importance of consistent time in God’s Word. She told me I needed to know God more and more and not worry so much about the direction or the plan. So I signed up for this weekly Bible study with expectations of my daily digging into God’s Word at home to keep up with the study.
What a blessing indeed this study has become in my life! I let go of my trying to rely on my own hope and plan and shifted my focus to getting to know the Lord better.
Our attachment builds and grows stronger through time with Him. In the cultivating of our relationship with Jesus, we grow more and more certain in our Anchor. Nothing is more worth the effort!
Friends, we are saved by Hope! Let us live in that reality!
An Invitation to Reflect
- What has been helpful or challenging as you think about your hope and your anchor?
- How are you anchored to Christ? How are you anchored to things of this earth?
- Which spiritual disciplines do you want to grow in? Which disciplines draw you closest to Jesus?