“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 NIV
If we are not careful we will allow things that happen in our life to move us off our spot. We should have the same kind of discipline of not being moved by life’s circumstances as the guards at Buckingham Palace. Tourists are always trying to get the guards to flinch or move off their posts with all kinds of foolishness, but the guards never move.
People who try to get you to move from your posts are usually tourists. They have no vested interest in the Kingdom. They are just passing through and hope they can get you to do what no other guard has done; be moved.
The apostle Paul has to encourage the believers in Corinth because there are some theological “tourists “ trying to move them off their disciplined posts. They are teaching that there is no resurrection. Paul is saying, “Don’t let them get you caught up in some mess! Don’t be moved by false teaching.” Instead Paul suggests we do three things:
- Stand firm. You have to know who you are and whose you are. Your feet have to be firmly planted in your Christ centered identity. I remember going to Seminary and people warning me that if you’re not saved before you go to seminary you definitely won’t be after graduation. There are so many different ideologies and teachings that people who aren’t grounded may come out confused. You have to be grounded in your own personal relationship with the living Christ.
- Give yourself fully to the work of the Lord. Another version says that we should work enthusiastically for Jesus. Don’t ever do your work to please people only. Ultimately everything you do is to make God look good. As one of my members, a former drug dealer rapped one Sunday, “I’ma do this for God!”
- Remember that your labor is not in vain. The Clark Sisters sang one of my favorite songs at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, “Is my living in vain?!” In the song they answer, “No! Of course not because up the road it’s eternal gain!” What we sow we reap.
If we don’t give up we will reap an eternal harvest from God. We can not afford to let anything or anybody move us.
Help me to keep my focus. There are people who try to get me off my game but I’ve come to far to turn around. Give me such a focus today that I recognize the enemy immediately and tell him, “Silly rabbit! Tricks are for kids!” Help me to remain focused, steadfast, immovable and always abounding in hope!
In Jesus’ Name,