Dear Sonlife Church,
A couple of weeks ago, as I was reading 1 Corinthians 15, I was extremely comforted by the Holy Spirit. At the end of the chapter the Apostle Paul writes:
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain” (v. 58).
Have you ever felt that serving the Lord and his people to be hard work? You try to help people but they don’t see your good intentions. You organise a gathering to benefit others but no one turns up. You pray for someone but are still waiting for that breakthrough. I fully understand you, as I frequently experience this as your pastor!
However, can I encourage you with the Word of God? In this verse Paul reminds us of four things that I personally believe will keep us motivated to serve the Lord and his people in the midst of difficulties.
Firstly, our eternal certainty: as Paul starts off with “Therefore”, he is referring to his previous comments that all Christians have the certainty of a bodily resurrection! At the end of the day, we will be resurrected and will spend eternity with our Lord. As we fix our eyes on eternity, it helps us to keep moving forward!
Secondly, the temporal adversity: Paul reminds Christians to stand firm and not let anything move them! Life will throw its curve-balls at us. Those moments will come, and they will go. Remember for every down there will be an up. Don’t be discouraged, as opposition will not last forever! Stand firm and continue your good work for the Lord, and for his people.
Thirdly, our personal quality: God has given each one of us many gifts and talents. Use them to serve the Lord and his people! “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord”, means we ought to give God our best because God deserves our best! Whatever qualities found inwardly should be directed outwardly to others and upwardly to God.
Fourthly, the spiritual reality: Paul reminds the Corinthians that everything they do for the Lord is not in vain. Our work is real… Our work is effective… Our work is fruitful. We may not see it immediately, but have faith that in the spiritual realm God is using our good works for his glory. Keep it up!
May God bless you as you continue to serve him and his people throughout this year.