1Corinthians:15:57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Corinthians:15:58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
As we read those verses there are at least four things we must commit to our own understanding and make sure they are not infringed upon. The world we live in demands that we open ourselves and all that we know to interpretation. The world likes relativism rather than absolutes, grey areas as opposed to black and white. The more uncertain an individual becomes the easier they are to control or lead astray. As a Christian, if you stand your ground you are labeled as “close minded”, “stupid”, and “intolerant”, to list a few choice terms. Do you realize that suffering these things for the sake of Christ is worth more than you can know? Though it isn’t an easy thing to endure, endure we must, so that He is glorified!
The first thing we will look at is “thanks be to God”. We are here to praise and glorify God. We owe all that we are and will be to God. It is He that has given us life. It is God that has given in abundance. He has given to us and deserves far more than all the thanks and praise we might give unto Him.
God has “given us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”. We have victory. I do not look for victory in this life, I have been given victory over this life! Yet, not I, but Christ in me! We will struggle, we will fail, and we will fall and each time we do we must lift our eyes and seek the face of our Father in heaven, there is our victory! He is our strength in a time of struggle, He is our success over our failures, He picks us up when we fall. He has given us victory over death, hell, and the grave through Jesus Christ.
Thirdly, we must be steadfast, unmovable. Jesus, as our example, was faithful to do the will of His Father. He did not waver. Before the weight of the cross was a burden to His shoulder, Jesus prayed that not His will, but God the Fathers will be done. We have no alternative but to accept the same position within ourselves. We must be strong, we must be bold, and we must be unmovable. Why? If you give in, even a little bit, you have opened yourself up to someone else’s idea besides that of God. A famous pastor put it this way: “Appeasement is really just defeat on the installment plan”. To be even more plain; they will take little bits at a time until there is nothing left. Today, let us have a greater resolve to stand and not be moved, not for ourselves, but that God be glorified.
Lastly, let us be doing the work of the Lord because it is not in vain. In this life we work for money which is soon spent. When you work on behalf of the Lord the reward is eternal. In this life it is easy to get caught up in worldly achievement and rewards. Our perspective must change from the temporal to the eternal. In this world we will get cheated, we will be given less than we’re worth, and we will settle for less than we should. If, however, we work for the eternal rewards they will be above and beyond all that we can think or ask. Labor for God is not in vain, worldly things are vain. Although Christ’s work and suffering in the flesh in this world is over, He is still in heaven laboring at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us. We too must be laboring for Him. To Jesus be the glory, for He is truly worthy!