What’s the Point?

 

Do you ever get tired of doing good deeds for others? Do you hold back from serving God, accepting that teaching position, volunteering to help, going on a mission trip or serving others in the community because you are afraid it will be too much or that you won’t have time for yourself? Maybe you have served for years and you are feeling like it just doesn’t matter. Who even sees or cares? Perhaps you are thinking that what you do must not matter because you go year after year and don’t see any fruit? What difference does it make?  At times, I have felt that way about writing. I occasionally write for this blog and have a blog of my own a few people see. I do other writing here and there. But there have been times I was tempted to quit because I thought, “Who really cares?” or “What difference has it ever made in someone’s life?” What does God say about this?

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.”  1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Paul begins with the word, “therefore”, which refers back to what he has already written in this chapter. Paul has just spent 57 verses giving a beautiful picture of our hope and victory in Christ. He describes how the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ saved us from our sin and gave us victory over death. “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” V. 56-57 (NIV) Therefore, since we have such victory, since He has rescued us from sin and death, how should we respond to such fantastic news? Paul instructs us to stand firm, to not be moved and to give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord. We give ourselves fully, not holding anything back in response to the best news we could have. Jesus has conquered death! Also, because we know that our labor for the Lord is never in vain. Meaning it is never hollow, empty, worthless, fruitless or ineffective. We can give ourselves fully to God knowing that it always matters; it always makes a difference. If I give a cup of water in His name, open a door, give an anonymous gift, take out the garbage or serve in any way in His name, it is never worthless. Anything that points someone to Christ, teaches them even the smallest truth from His word, or breaks down a barrier keeping someone from Christ has eternal value. Anything we do for Him is never wasted.

Build a bridge.

Smile a smile.

Open a door.

Go another mile.

Meet a need.

Bind a hurt.

Give a hand.

Lift others up.

Be a friend

who is always there

to share a word,

to share a prayer.

Give your time.

Give of yourself.

Then they will know

what the Bible is about.

Am I giving myself fully to the work of the Lord? Am I holding back? Lord, please help me give my all in service to you, trusting you with the outcome.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:0 (NIV)

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