Not In Vain

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

At the very end of the discussion about death and our resurrected bodies, Paul made an intriguing implied appeal: don’t be idle in this life waiting to be resurrected.

It’s easy to rest on your laurels and just live a comfortable life. D.L. Moody said he’d rather burn out than rust out. Those who disagreed with him through the years have said, “Either way you’re still out.” Most people do not have burn out as a problem. We do not do too much. If anything we are happy to let others do the work.

I think we’re not more proactive because we don’t believe it does any good. But Paul wanted us to know that God sees and records all of the work we do in His name.

As I write this, the New Year is less than 2 weeks away. It’s a good time to survey what we’re doing (and not doing but could be). It’s also a great time to evaluate things in our life that we could easily shed. Take some time before all the promises are made and resolutions are broken to think about some of these things.

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