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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. —I Corinthians 15:58
Why “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord?” It is because “knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” Am I being steadfast— persistent, committed, unwavering, loyal dependable and devoted? Am I “always abounding in the work of the Lord” —-always thriving, flourishing or multiplying in His work? Hmmm… Where and how is that happening in my life or through my life?
To “be steadfast” and to “be immovable” are not suggestions or options for me or for you, these are commands. We are being commanded to “be steadfast” and we are being commanded to “be immovable.” If this is the case then we will be “abounding in the work of the Lord.” We will also know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
The farmer or the fisherman is responsible for being “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work.” But God has to make the crops to grow for the farmer to have labor that is not in vain. God has to do that part because the farmer cannot, out of sheer self-will, cause seeds to germinate, sprout and eventually bear fruit. Only God can do that and so also is it with fishing. God has to direct the fish to be available to be caught for the fisherman to labor in vain. God has to do that part because the fisherman cannot, out of sheer self-will, cause fish to bite bait on a hook or swim into a net for a catch.
So also we cannot, out of sheer self-will, bring about a harvest or a catch— the salvation of anybody. We do need to ” be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” because we know that He has called us to a work, but He brings about the results.
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. —I Corinthians 3:5-15
Brothers and sisters may we be faithful in our service to our King. He is the One who brings about results. Just know that Your service to Him is never in vain…never!
Dear Father please help me to be faithful in service for the rest of my life. I know service to You is never in vain and I will trust You to accomplish what You desire through my service, even if I do not see what You are doing. Oh, may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GspG4VXTPtk