Gyroscopic Faith

Gyroscopic faith may sound like a strange title but I want to tie it into the concept of heavenly help from the real realm, the unseen realm. If you are unfamiliar with gyroscopes please see the links below.

In essence when a gyroscope is spinning it seeks to remain upright no matter how you tip it. So what does this have to do with faith you may wonder? I had a dream recently where I was explaining to a large group at a church how a gyroscope was connected to our faith and it inspired me to write this post. Some familiar objects where we see a gyroscopic effect are motorcycle or bicycle tires. The spinning effect of the wheels seeks to pull the bikes upright. However, like an actual gyroscope, the effect is dependent on movement. Hence it is easier to keep a fast moving bike upright than a slow one as the gyroscopic effect is more pronounced at higher speeds.

Now to faith. Paul made a statement that is a theme in the New Testament. He is below speaking of the aim of salvation.

21  And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22  in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight– 23  if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. Colossians 1:21-23 (NKJV, emphasis mine)

Neatly slipped into this statement is the qualifier I highlighted above, “if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast…not moved away from the hope of the gospel.” Importantly, Jesus said the same thing.

31  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” John 8:31 (NKJV)

The word ‘abide’ is translated as ‘continue’ in other versions and the concept of continuing is in many places in the NT. What is my point? Just as movement is what keeps a bicycle upright, so moving forward in our faith enables heaven to be engaged on our behalf. The Holy Spirit leads us rather than pushing us and it is easier to redirect a moving object that to overcome inertia. I don’t believe these statements are about being saved, they are what Peter referred to.

11  for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:11 (NKJV)

Peter laid out how to grow in our faith. Intentionally moving further into our faith is what will ensure a great welcome when we step from time into eternity. We can limp in or run in. Are we embracing the gyroscopic effect of our faith here on earth?

The song below is about moving with Jesus.

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I have been walking with Jesus since 1985. I am currently retired from my career in the helping professions but still focused on ministering to others. I completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Apologetics in September 2020.

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