Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58 NKJV
As I reflect on my past week of working on my website (which should be completed next week), my readings through 1 Corinthians and my coaching classwork which includes developing a life's mission statement, I find myself in an interesting place. I'm tired, but from good things. And I am motivated to keep moving forward because I know the direction in which I am going. But most of all, I am encouraged by God's words to us, that our labor for Him is not in vain. All of our labor for God is for one end - so that all people can have the hope of sharing an eternal life with God in heaven. The hope for the believer is that one day our corruptible (earthly) bodies will be changed into incorruptible (heavenly) bodies. As 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 so eloquently states:
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)
Fellow laborers, we are laboring for the "cause" of all time. Our work is most assuredly not in vain, even if sometimes we can't see the direct results personally. We must remain steadfast in it no matter how tired we become, knowing that God will give us the strength to do what He has called us to do. (Is 40:31).
I have to share now a couple of stanzas (verses 3 and 4) from one of our country's most beloved patriotic hymns, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, now in the public domain. The hymn is about Jesus, not a battle in our country, not about the USA, but about Jesus, His return and His power to change lives. It challenges me as well to live my life as He died - to make men free. May you be edified, exhorted, and encouraged to answer His call on your life today. Let us live to make men free.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never sound retreat,
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
O be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on.
Glory! glory, hallelujah! Glory! glory, hallelujah! Glory! glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.