Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Faith in Christ is unlike anything else in this world. We can try and duplicate it through other means, but ultimately only faith in Christ can lead us through death into eternal life. However, following Christ can be difficult, challenging, and it can lead us to discouragement in this life, because we lose track of the ultimate goal and may not always understand exactly what God is doing. So we turn to easier things to try and duplicate the experience.
May we remind one another to be strong, to endure, to be faithful to the end. God is always with us, and he will never abandon us. Nothing else can offer the true and abundant life of God. Even when faith demands sacrifice, when it demands us to be humble and put others first, when it demands that we suffer, may we recall the goal of our faith. May we remember what God did for us, and may we be encouraged to know that God wins in the end, and we share in the victory!