Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
I love, love, love this scripture! These are words we should read daily as we awake and try to live lives worthy of the Gospel. To begin, I tackled this scripture into three parts. First things first, I grabbed on to the words steadfast and immovable.
Steadfast means you are resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
Immovable means anchored, rooted, uncompromising and unshakeable.
Second, I pondered what the “work of the Lord” might be. There are many things we can do in this life to honor and lift up His name. Did this mean volunteering more at church, the homeless shelter or soup kitchen? Did it mean going on more mission trips? What about giving more money to the church? When we see the word “work” we think of something tangible and action filled. However, as I dug deeper and looked at cross referencing scriptures I discovered the answer in John 6, straight from the mouth of Jesus Himself.
Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” John 6:28-38
The work we must do is to simply believe in Jesus, the one whom God sent to us. Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. So, it isn’t the kind of work we automatically imagine. In this scripture, the work we are to abound in doesn’t involve driving somewhere, booting up a computer, putting on a suit, giving a presentation or even volunteering to feed the homeless. It’s work that involves the heart. Having a heart of faith and belief in the Son of God, Jesus.
And to top it off, we are reminded that our labor (belief) is not in vain. Why wouldn’t our belief in Jesus be in vain? Because He is real and God’s promises and declarations will come to pass.
1 Corinthians 15:58 in my own words goes something like this, “Therefore sweet believers, be anchored and rooted in your belief of Jesus. Be strong and unwavering in your faith. He will not let you down. For He is real, He is alive, sitting at the right hand of God the Father and will return for you, His beloved.”
I want to add that when our hearts “abound in the work of the Lord” (a full belief in Him), the result is action/work with our hands and feet. Once you become a true believer of Christ it’s impossible to sit back and not share His love with others in a tangible way.
The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, Revelation 2:26
The coolest discovery for me this week was the realization that “our work” is to believe in Christ. If we begin with that one truth, everything else will fall into place. Praying that all of you experience His love and truth this week as you go and abound in the work of the Lord.