Never in Vain

Peace & Blessings Beloved,

I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.

1 Corinthians 15:57-58

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 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.

Full Context: Paul has spent time in this epistle explaining life in the natural body vs life in the spiritual body, which is controlled by the Holy Spirit. He also describes how death has lost its sting and power over us who believe, because Jesus rescued us from it when He gave His life for us.

And so here follows those sentiments, as he implores and encourages the brethren on how they should respond to this great news.

As we experience another day, it is my prayer that we have been intentional about walking righteously, & avoiding wickedness, both of which are imperatives in the life of a Christian.

As we look at the above verse I’d like to focus on the following: being thankful, steadfast, immovable, abounding, & the concept of in vain.

Let’s first define these words.

Thankful- pleased and relieved; expressing gratitude and relief; indebted. Synonym- beholden

Steadfast- firmly fixed in place; resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. Synonym- committed.

Immovable- not able to be moved. Synonyms- rooted, stable, fixed, & secure.

Abounding- very plentiful; abundant. to occur or exist in great quantities or numbers

In vain- without success or a result. Fruitlessly, unproductively, or unsuccessfully.

And so, armed with a foundational understanding of these keywords, let us now once again go over this passage.

Because God has given us victory over death, through Jesus, this should please us to our very core. We ought to be relieved, grateful, & feel a sense of indebtedness to Him. This should show in our lifestyle- our thoughts, words, actions, choices, & goals. We are beholden to the One who humbled Himself, & sacrificed His Son so we can live eternally with Him.

And the sacrificial, selfless lifestyle we endeavor to live should be unwavering, & resolute in the face of adversity, temptation, & persecution. We should be stable and secure in our relationship with God, knowing that the Holy Spirit that resides in us is there to lead and guide every step of the way.

Our works should be plentiful & great in number, so God will be pleased, & others will see us in action and desire to have what we have in Christ Jesus.

And in those times when we get tired, anxious, worrisome, doubtful, unsure, unhappy, depressed, angry, sad, frustrated, spiteful, vengeful, or even simply cavalier in our work, let us remember that NONE of our work for the Kingdom is ever fruitless, unproductive, or unsuccessful. If we’re obedient to God, His favor will always be upon us, & all things will work out for us, ultimately for His glory.

I pray this encourages you, and that you hold dear to this passage, and return to it as often as is necessary for your growth and maturity!

May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength.

Love you much, be abundantly blessed!

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