Stand Firm: Your Labor is not in Vain

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58 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. 1 Corinthians 15:58

I don’t know if this happens to you or not, but sometimes I wonder if I’m doing what God has called me to do, specifically I wonder if I’m using the gifts he’s given me to my full potential.

Right before writing this post, i was doing my study on Spiritual Gifts (which I am an assistant leader for) and was studying the gifts of teaching, pastor-shepherding and exhortation. These can by considered (along with prophecy) the communication gifts.

Communication is primarily done through writing and speaking, so exercising these communication gifts is done in those formats.

You might not know this unless you know me personally, but in my family we have a situation going on that is devastating and heartbreaking. (I’ve talked about it before, but watching someone purposefully harm themselves and separate themselves from those that love them is extremely difficult)

I could use this as reason or excuse not to write or teach or speak or share, how can share about hope when I barely have hope myself?

The answer is in the scripture:

 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you

Nothing. Not family problems, relationship issues, struggles or hardships. Nothing.

The charge is to keep doing what you’re doing regardless of what is happening around you.

Keep worshiping. Keep praising. Keep praying. Keep serving. Keep loving.

Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain

As I entered motherhood, I wrestled with how my identity would change. Would being a mom be enough, and how could I just stop writing and speaking and teaching when I felt that that was my purpose?

A shift of purpose is a matter of perspective- ours, not Gods.

In God eyes you are fulfilling your purpose by standing firm in Him.

Your purpose is His purpose, and all of the gifts and talents He’s given to you you are to give fully to the Him, not for your benefit, but for the benefit of others.

The second part of this verse talks about labor, which means that this instruction to keep going and stand firm and let nothing move you will be difficult and painful at times (because I tell you after laboring for 20 hours naturally it IS painful)

But we take comfort in knowing that we are not enduring this pain and suffering for no reason; instead we know that God will use our obedience to Him for His good and His glory.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Even in difficult seasons. Even when you don’t feel like it.

58 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. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Can you commit to fully giving yourself to the work of the Lord by sowing the seed He has given you? Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.

 

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2 thoughts on “Stand Firm: Your Labor is not in Vain

  1. Pingback: Stand Firm Cheat Sheet | Stephanie Miller, Personal and Spiritual Growth Coach

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