"Go and make disciples…and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matt 28:19-20)

It’s gonna be worth it!

1 Corinthians 15:58

New International Version (NIV)
58 Therefore, my dear brothers, 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.

New King James Version (NKJ)
58 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.

If a cop turns on his blue lights behind you on the road, would you pull to the side of the road or just keep driving? Some people will pull over, and some will just keep driving and run.  (Which makes for interesting tv shows).  So, what makes the difference?  Why do people obey or disobey?  What is it in us that makes us stop or go?  Why do some of us run while others obey? 

Let’s apply this to our spiritual life:  Why do we obey God?  Is it because we are fearful that He will smite us if we don’t?  Or do we do it out of love?  If we know that God works all things together for His people, then why do we say “no” to God?  Why do we walk away or sometimes run from His will?  I think I know why.  I think it’s fear.  I think we are afraid of where He might lead us if we follow Him wherever He wants us to go.  I think we get uncomfortable and that scares us into stopping, and sometimes, running the other way.  Whether or not we want to admit it, everytime we say “no” to God, we’re telling Him that we don’t trust Him to run our lives, and we think we can do a better job of it than He can.  The scripture above says that nothing we do for Him is in vain.  We may not see the results right away.  We may, in some cases, not ever see the results of our labor.  If we are only motivated to serve by seeing the fruit of our labor, then are we serving for the right reasons? 

What if I never see the fruit of all of my labor?   It’s a question that anyone who is serious about serving the Lord must face.  Are you ok with the possibility that you may work your entire life for God, and never see the results for yourself?  This will probably not be the case, but if you are setting out to serve the Lord with all of your might, you cannot gauge your success by what you can or cannot see.  Sometimes the devil will cause us to not see results in an attempt to discourage us from doing what God has called us to do.  If a farmer gets a bad yield from his fields one season, does he give up farming because of it?  No.  He will most likely double his efforts and look for the cause of the bad yield and correct it for the next season.  He doesn’t quit farming, because farming is his life. 

In the same way, when we pour our heart into ministry and see no return we should not give up.  Whatever God has asked of you, do it as fervently as you do breathing.  Now that’s something that we all do and no one wants to quit!  We should seek the face of God and His will, and never, ever turn from the task He has given us.  What we see as failure could simply be a test of our determination.  We must stand firm on the promises God has given us in His word.  When we rely on His strength {which He tells us to do}  we cannot be moved.  Everytime the devil sends defeat our way it should be as fuel on the fire to make us even more determined to serve the Lord.  He would not have brought us this far to forsake us now. 

This scripture is God’s promise to us that He is in control.  When we are serving the Lord in what He has called us to do, nothing we do is in vain.  It does not matter if we see the fruit of our own efforts, because God sees it.  God knows what He is doing even when it doesn’t look that way to us.  Just keep doing whatever it is you are supposed to be doing, and everything will turn out as it should.  If God can speak the universe into existence, I think he can handle supervising our lives.


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