Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
Jesus has conquered death and we are the beneficiaries! “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57). Therefore… because this is true… stand firm! “Let nothing move you,” Paul writes. That’s pretty firm! Thankfully Paul elaborates. There are plenty of stubborn people who would have made this their theme verse if Paul hadn’t said more. “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord.” The church in Corinth needed these words. They needed to be reminded (15:1). They were probably shifting in the wind – double minded – unsure. Paul encourages them (and us) to stand firm; be men of courage; be strong! Do everything in love.
I need to stand firm knowing that the labor I do in the Lord is not in vain. It’s not in vain because the victory has already been won by Christ. God has given us the victory in Christ, so the labor we do is simply for Him. If it was dependent on me to gain the victory – my knees would buckle in the wind. But because Christ has already won – I can be a man of courage. It’s fun to be courageous when you know that you can’t lose! This reminder is important because the world and Satan will be working against this security. And in my humanness I will forget that Christ has won the victory. When the pressures add up – it’s easy to get swallowed up in the moment. But thanks be to God who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Thank You, Father, for giving me this victory. Grant me the strength, courage and wisdom to walk through this day as one who is truly victorious. Thank You for the promise that what I do for You is not in vain. Thank You that I can do it with Your Presence with me every step of the way. You are an awesome God and I love You.