Thursday, September 15, 2022

Not in vain...

Today's Readings: OT - Song of Sol 2 / NT - 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

"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." -- 1 Corinthians 15:58
The last few months were quite an experience for both Jayne and me. As a result of back surgery (me) and wrist surgery (Jayne), we both went through rehab exercises and major efforts to get back to normal. Thankfully, our labor was not in vain.

Paul's teaching on the resurrection is a great motivator. The promise of a glorified body in our future gives us hope and a driving force to press on in our spiritual lives. The work of the ministry may be hard and exhausting, but as we push ourselves for Jesus there will be a final day when our work will be complete. Then we will find, neither restored strength or some other magnificent achievement, but an imperishable body that will inherit the kingdom of God. Our labor for the Lord is never in vain.

Last week, or last month may have been grueling. You may be so tired and almost too weary to continue. Don't give up my friend. The way may be hard, but the end will be sweet. Keep your eye on the prize and be assured that your labor in the Lord is never in vain.

Think about this: "Christians that would hold on in the service of the Lord must look more upon the crown than upon the cross."
                                          ~ Thomas Brooks

Tomorrow's Readings: OT - Song of Sol 3, 4 / NT - 1 Corinthians 16

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