Always Abounding

"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 labor in the Lord is not in vain."  I Corinthians 15:58

Seamen on extended cruises will tell you how the time can drag on and the days grow long.  When you're that far from home, it's hard to get motivated.  They also report how the entire mood of the ship changes the closer they get to home.  They think of loved ones, sweethearts, families they have left behind.  They begin to do their chores with more vigor and spirit, and treat people better.  Why?  They know they're going home and their mood changes from ho hum to excitement.

Similarly, the Apostle Paul reminds us in this chapter that believers will one day rise from the dead with glorified bodies, never more to die.  He then says in this verse to stand firm, and let nothing move you.  Why?  Our labor is not in vain.  The trumpet will sound and we shall be changed forever.

Does that truth move you?  It should.  The long cruise of life will one day draw to a close, and God will reward your efforts.  That day could come, soon.  What effect does that have on you?  Has your mood changed from "just plugging away" to "let's do all we can, Jesus is coming"?  God tells us in this verse to always abound in the glorious work of the Lord, your labor is not in vain.

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