Wednesday, June 13, 2018
"Therefore, my beloved brothers (and sisters), be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain!" - I Corinthians 15:58
I have been thinking for a while that I need to revive my blogposts as we continue to see the world around us spiraling out-of-control ... out of OUR control ... and as people move farther and farther away from the truth of God's Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today is the day!!
The verse above speaks a word of encouragement to those who are being faced with the daily struggles of life and especially to those who are engaged in the spiritual battle for truth, for hope, for peace, for joy, for LIFE!! This is not a game we are playing or something you and I can do "part-time." As soldiers in Christ's army we wage war every day against the spiritual forces of darkness in the heavenly realms and we must put on all the armor God puts at our disposal (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Discouragement is a temptation that must be met with faith based upon the truth. Yesterday morning I sent the verse above to my two grandsons who are serving at camp this week. I encouraged them to memorize it. By the end of the day I needed to read and trust these words for myself. Receiving some news that disturbed my soul, my spirit was down and I thought of how so many people say they are "depressed." But while I let myself go there for a moment, I realized that what I am really feeling is more anger ... an anger that arises out of a deep sadness when relationships are severed that I was counting on being solid and steadfast.
Then I remembered these words, spoken to those who are "beloved" by God Himself. Paul had just finished speaking about the resurrection of the body and our victory over the grave. He says in verse 57: "But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!" I have that victory, and if you have put your faith in Jesus Christ you have that victory! Nothing can take that away.
It is in that context that Paul writes, "Therefore, my beloved brothers (and sisters ... in Christ), be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."
Why does he say that? Because sometimes it is going to FEEL like it is in vain, and during those moments, those periods of time, you and I who know the KING who is seated at the Father's right hand must remember that He is at work in us and through us for His glory. It is the LORD whom we serve!
There is a hymn that asks, "Who is on the Lord's side?" So long as God gives me breath I will say, "I am!!" I pray that you will join me!!