Get Together Our Labor Is Not In Vain
1Co 15:58 ¶ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
This coming weekend is what we here in the United States call Labor Day weekend. Without getting into all of the history of this holiday I will say what it does mean for many of us who live here in the United States now.
We for the most part see it as the last holiday of the Summer. Some people will be cooking out. While others will be chilling out. College football will have some great games scheduled for this weekend. Schools are closed Monday and the beaches and resort towns will be full should the weather permit.
In this Get Together I want to focus on our labor as Christians in the Lord. The Apostle Paul is writing to the church at Corinth. This is a church that Paul has had to do some correcting in. He has also taught them many Kingdom principles. Now he is giving them a word of exhortation to encourage them. He assures them that he loves them.
Now he tells them to be steadfast. He is really emphasizing this. They live in a very sinful, and sensual city. A city that resembles a lot of our culture today. When sensual things are always being made available to you as a Christian you have to make up your mind that you will be steadfast. The Greek term for steadfast means to be settled, to be immovable. The Greek term here for immovable means not to be shaken in one’s opinions, or beliefs. Never in my life have I seen such an assault on and temptation to Christians to abandon our basic beliefs.
The enemy wants us to quit. He wants us to pack it in. Paul has a good word for all Christians when the enemy comes in that way. He says keep going in an even greater way. The Greek term for abounding here means to exist in abundance with the consideration of being considerably more than is expected. So as a Christian we can be thankful that God offers us the opportunities to be involved in His work. And that he gives us opportunities that are considerably greater than what is normally expected.
Paul tells them that their labor is not in vain in the Lord. The small things that God calls us to be involved in will not be in vain. The tough things that God calls us to will not be in vain. Nothing no matter what it looks like right now that you are doing in the Kingdom will be in vain. That is good news! Don’t let the enemy convince you otherwise. Believe what God has to say about it!
Let Us Pray
Lord we thank You that You involve us in Your work. We thank You that none of it will be in vain. Today let us hear and obey Your voice and be about Your business.
In Jesus Name
Have a great rest of the week. Pray for Texas and Louisiana.