Your Labour is Not in Vain in the LORD (I Corinthians 15:58)
I 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.
Doctor Jonas Salk is among the most venerated medical scientists of the twentieth century. He went into medical research at New York University medical school and in 1938 he began working with microbiologist Thomas Francis, Jr. Together, they developed a vaccine for influenza that was used by the armed forces during World War II. In 1947 Salk began to study the poliovirus with hopes of creating a vaccine against that disease, as well. Finally, in 1955, after some 200 unsuccessful vaccines for polio, human trials of the polio vaccine proved to be effective in protecting the subjects from the poliovirus. When news of the discovery was made public on April 12, 1955, Salk was hailed as a miracle worker. He further endeared himself to the public by refusing to patent the vaccine. Somebody asked him one time, "How did it feel to fail 200 times trying to invent a vaccine for polio?" This was his response: "I never failed 200 times at anything in my life. My family taught me never to use that word. I simply discovered 200 ways how not to make a vaccine for polio."
Being “steadfast” speaks of the challenge to dig in against the difficulties of life and be stable, solidly set, dependable, anchored by God, His truth, and His grace.
“Immovable” speaks of the believers keeping a secure footing when they take a faithful stand for holiness and against what is unholy. May nothing jar them loose from their convictions. They must keep fixed, steadfast in their position and course without swerving or letting something budge them away.
“Always abounding” speaks of our duty to not just do God’s work, but to abound therein. We are directed to do over and above the norm.
Serving Jesus Christ is rarely easy. There is often opposition, disappointment, and setbacks. It is work which may exhaust physically, emotionally, and at times spiritually. But praise God, your labour is not in vain in the Lord. There is a reward for the righteous. There are rewards for serving Jesus Christ. And someday in glory you will rejoice, it was worth it all.
Your service is not a waste of time. God will honor you and use it for His glory. Although you may not see it immediately, God will use your service to Him. Don't give up because you are discouraged. Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Don’t grow weary in the good you are doing. Remember, the seeds you sow are powerful. Your seeds will bear fruit in God’s timing. You will reap a harvest in God’s perfect timing, in his “due season.”
Prayer: LORD, help me remember and to never forget those times in the midst of life’s struggles when I was at the point of throwing in the towel, You gave me grace to endure and I achieved the task You set before me. Keep me looking unto Jesus as I run the Grace Race, and may my flame never die out. In Jesus name, AMEN
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.