For centuries people have navigated their way across unfamiliar territory by utilizing the celesstial GPS in the night sky. The stars and their alignment remain as amazing as they are helpful.
One of the first things you learn when you are trying to discern the heavenly canopy is that Polaris is important to find. This is because Polaris, or the Pole Star, stands almost motionless over time. And further, all the stars in the North sky seem to rotate around it.
As star gazers would tell you, “Find Polaris, get your bearings, and go from there.”
The Christian life operates in like manner. The person and work of Jesus (gospel) is the fixed aim point by which we calibrate our understanding of reality. By understanding who Jesus is and what he has done we understanding the world was created by him and for him (Col. 1.16-17). We remember that he is the one who is accomplishing God’s eternal plan to unite everything in him (Eph. 1.10-12)…that is he is the King of everything! We learn also that all of Scripture points to, it testifies to him (Luke 24.27, 44-47). Christ is the great pole-star!
The danger for Christians is to find ourselves getting our spiritual alignment on ourselves, our circumstances, other people, etc. This is as foolish and untenable as trying to navigate a journey by calibrating yourself on the dot of Orion’s belt. Things move. They change. Christ is fixed. Christ gives meaning to everything.
Christ is the centerpiece of history, our lives, and eternity. He is to be the continual recalibration of our souls. As pilgrims toward another land we must find ourselves syncing up with the gospel. If we need a model we just need to think back to those unsophisticated, dependent pilgrims who walked across unknown lands as they were led by the stars above.