1 Corinthians 15:57-58 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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.
This week God is challenging us with the word continue. We have been warned through 1 Timothy 3:13 that evil will become even more evil and deception will continue to grow. Personally, I believe the longer we become attached to the things of this world the easier it will be to become deceived. Even in the midst of these circumstances we are encouraged to continue. Now, let us look at some of the principles involved in the concept of continuing.
The key to being steadfast, unmoveable, and always abounding hinges on our relationship with the Lord. Our victory comes through the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are going to continue without becoming distracted, defeated, or even destroyed then we are going to need to continue to grow in our relationship with with the Lord Jesus Christ. The stronger our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, the stronger our ability to continue during times when evil continues to be even more evil.
Notice the two phrases surrounding our command to be steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding hinge around our relationship with the Lord. The strength to remain unmovable is channeled through our relationship with Jesus Christ. At the same time, our ability to continue hinges on our trust in the reality that nothing we do goes unnoticed or unrewarded by the Lord. In other words, we must continue, but in order to continue we must realize and believe with all our heart that nothing we do for the Lord leads to emptiness. None of our labor, efforts, or hardships are experienced in vain. God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.
What we need to realize is that we are not living for this world. We may go through this life struggling and hurting. We may experience hardships to the point that it seems as though God does not even know we exist. Our continuing should not be based on the relief we feel at the present moment, but on the reward we will experience when we meet Jesus face to face.