The Apostle Paul reminds all Christians that our work for the Lord is worth it. The daily grind, the elbow grease, the grunt work, the noticed and unnoticed all make a difference. We are to be resolute, prepared, and abounding in our efforts because Christ gave us – even us – victory over death.
Paul proclaims the true end of vanity. Our physical death will not put to waste all that we have worked for in this life. He writes, “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Co 15:54–57)
As a result, we should rejoice and heartily work for the Lord. Paul reasons, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Co 15:58)
Have a loyal, fixed, steady commitment to the Lord’s work. Do not fix your gaze onto another. Know that loyalty to your savior and true rock is the fountain of all good things. He will reward your steady, sober meditation on his word. It will renew your soul like no other substitute.
Let your attitude and behavior be rooted, moored, unbudging, and anchored in his work. Do not go far afield in your endeavors, searching for a foundation other than Christ. For he is the true vine which all good fruit comes.
Determine that you will abound, being fully saturated, and awash in the work that God has set in front of you to accomplish. It truly is a blessing that God gives us the chance to be apart of his sanctifying work. In his letter to the Ephesian, Paul declared, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:10)
What a promise! We can discard the confusion, the baggage, the emptiness of this world’s idea of existence. We are called to be committed to his plan without wavering. As we stand fast in him, we can reap the rewards of such a full; meaningful life.
Nothing in Vain
One of the best promises of the Christian faith is that what we do truly matters. We are not born out of futility for a futile existence. Our life is destined for meaning. Meaning that is beyond fame, beyond the temporary, and beyond our own earthly expectations. One that was already uniquely established for just us by our master and creator, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.