“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.” (I
Corinthians 15:58, NKJV)
As servants of God, if we are honest with ourselves, we sometimes wonder if all
the sacrifice and service we render is worth it. Be it in ministry, work or our
relationships, we may sometimes question if there is really a reward, a “pay off,”
for all the labor, pain, disappointments and sorrow. If you are like me, sometimes
you wonder if you are the only one who really cares. The only one trying. The
only one working to keep things together.
Yet, when these questions arise in my mind, I am reminded of the words of Paul
from the fifty-eight verse of First Corinthians chapter fifteen, “. . . be steadfast,
immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is
not in vain in the Lord.”
It is not easy living a Christian life in an increasingly non-Christian world. Yet we
must know that all our love, service and sacrifice does not go unnoticed by God.
All you do is not a waste of time or effort. All you suffer will not be unrewarded.
You must know and encourage yourself in this, YOUR LABOR IS NOT IN