Big Hill Bible Studies
02 March 2018
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)
We live in uncertain times. The world is constantly changing and the culture today is not what it was even 10 years ago. As changes take place, Satan tempts us by trying to "keep up with the times" and become more progressive in our lifestyle. This progressive life promotes relative truth, tolerance and acceptance of things that were once known by all to be against our God's plan for our lives. Churches are becoming more worldly in their doctrines, watering down doctrine and practice and the things that put us at odds with society.
The thing is, we are no different than the church Paul had written to in Corinth. He told the church to "stand firm" in their belief and do not buckle under a society that strays from the established ways of the Lord. He then tells them to "abound in the work of the Lord", another way of saying making the Lord's work your lifestyle. Don't just relegate your Christian work to attending a Sunday morning church service. As we stand firm in the Lord there will be those who ridicule, walk away from friendships and other relationships and perhaps even persecute us. As our life changes and we draw a hard line we must realize as Peter and the apostles told the Council in Acts 5:29, "We must obey God rather than men." He told us no man can serve two masters. If we remain faithful to the Lord, He will reward us. Our perseverance will reap benefits. We are to live a life for the Lord and show the world our devotion to Him and His teachings. Others are to see Him in us allowing the Holy Spirit to convict their lives as well. Not only will our lives have a joy and peace the world cannot provide, but we see the benefit of the Lord working through us to reach a world that needs a Savior. Let's "be steadfast" and not moved by the world - and rest assured our work is benefiting the cause of Christ whether we see or not. Our lives are not our own.