“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.” (1st Corinthians 15:58)
Hold on, persevere, be faithful to the trust put in you, have courage—-these entail Paul’s directive as surely for our day as for the Corinthians. In this firmness of intent for the Lord’s work, one can be sure God’s blessings will come.
Hope concerning the future victory of Christ, with the abolishing of death and the establishing of God’s kingdom, encourages faithfulness. Such hope beloved, makes possible unmovable steadfastness of character and joyful abandon to the work of the lord. After all, faithful labor has promise of eternal reward!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, it is clear that no matter what we may experience, our strength comes from our faith and our faith is upheld by our hope in Christ Jesus. It is in this that we praise Jesus’ precious name and that we pray Your will is done. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Prayer is so much more than a mere ‘wish list,’ it is our direct communication path to God!”
“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.” (Hebrews 10:32-34)
Beloved, the knowledge of eternal reward encourages faithful endurance of opposition and persecution. Personal suffering and public shame, sympathy with others who suffer, and loss of possessions are bearable when set against the bright prospect of the heavenly possessions awaiting those who are faithful.
“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.” (2nd John 1:8)
Here John issued an earnest plea that Christians guard themselves against sin and the consequent loss of rewards. The fact that rewards worked for can be lost promotes faithfulness. Continuance in the faith and in obedience to Christ’s commands gains a full reward.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38)
God’s salvation is glorification. It has to do with the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. Future blessedness for those saved is related to their present faithfulness in Christ Jesus.
The association of the holy angels with Jesus at His coming suggests the final judgment (2nd Thessalonians 1:5-10). To be ashamed of Jesus and His words now will have serious consequences hen. At the time of judgment, the Son of man will be ashamed of such a one. The very thought of it compels fidelity to Him and joyful confession of Him.