1 Corinthians 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.”
There are many principles in life meant to guide and direct our lives. Some are scriptural and some are totally against the scripture. As a child of God, it is important that what guides and directs our lives ought to be the scripture which is our only standard for righteous living. Also in the scriptures, there are many instructions, principles, doctrines and life lessons that were written for us as guides for our lives.
In the above scripture, Apostle Paul share with us a very important spiritual principle and can be applied in all areas of life. Remember that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16. So, the best way to be inspired is through the word of God. It is ever living and powerful, sharper that any two-edged sword…..
First, Apostle Paul says, “be steadfast…” To be steadfast means to be firmly loyal to the faith, to be strongly fixed in the Lord. This means you are unwavering and unswerving because of one challenge or the other. This is very important principle of life. Many people are not steadfast in what they do. They waver and swerve a lot. They are not strongly focussed on what they want to achieve. If you succeed at anything, you must be steadfast in it. It takes unusual courage to be steadfast. Be courageous.
Secondly, he says “unmoveable”. To be immovable means you are not easily pulled out of your stand. You have been concreted in the Lord. To move you, many things will be destroyed. In whatsoever thing you do, you must be unmoveable. You must be strongly glued to it. Your passion for it must be so much that you are totally sold out to it and no challenge however tough it may be would not easily make you move. This takes relentless passion for the Lord and for what He has called you to do.
Thirdly he says, “always abounding in the work of God…” We must always seek to improve and to abound in the work of God and in the work He committed to our hands. We should never have a better yesterday. We should always make progress in life and that’s what should preoccupied our minds. How to become better in what God has called us to do. God Expect a us that we keep abounding in all He’s committed in our care. Like the three servants who were given talents by their master. Two worked to increase the talent but one didn’t. The one who didn’t was judged and punished. God expects us to bring forth increase in all.
And lastly, He reminds us that “our labour is not in vain in the Lord.” I love the phrase “in the Lord” because that sets the tone rightly. Any labour outside the Lord is vain and will be good at the end. God will not reward us for what He didn’t commission us to do. He only rewards works done not just for Him but done in Him. If God has laid in our hearts to do anything, He will always reward us. Remember, many will come to Him and say we did this, we did that in your name but He will reject them and the work and say to them “depart from me you worker of inquiry.” This means they worked and laboured for iniquity, so they get the reward of sin which is death. We’ve not been called to labour anyhow, our labour should and must be in the Lord for it to warrant a reward. He is the rewarded of them that diligently seek Him. God bless you.