Not in Vain
by Randy Chambers, 2014-12-05
1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV: 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.
The cares of life, the deceitfulness of what this world would offer, the pains,
the trials, and hard times, can all shake the very foundation beneath our
feet--if that foundation is something other than Jesus. Like a very old tree
seems to stand strong against the storms, we are encouraged to stand firm, and
to let nothing move us. But it is not only the difficult times that can shake
us, but the good. Sometimes the perceived good times become the doorways for the
entrance of pride, complacency, and self-centeredness. The Good (which is Christ) is present, but
the bad seeks to press in from every angle. We’ve so much to do in this short
time here, and so much we do that seems in vain. But we are reminded also that
whatever our circumstance, we have steadfastness in our Lord. And regardless of
what we do that seems for nothing, our work in the Lord is never for nothing.
And not one thing built on the foundation of Jesus will ever be lost.