1 Corinthians 15v58 “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
This verse is an incredible encouragement to get busy doing something for God’s Kingdom. It begins with the word “So” …which means it’s linked to the previous verses. 1 Corinthians 15 is the great chapter regarding the Resurrection. Paul argues that without the resurrection all that he has done and does is pointless. He strongly says that if Jesus didn’t rise again we may as all just “eat drink and be merry” in other words, if there is no resurrection then we may as well do what we want and please ourselves. But Christ did rise from the dead so we now live for a higher call. Our lives can’t be lived for ourselves but rather in service of the risen Saviour.
I like that the verse uses the word “enthusiastically” in describing how we should work for the Lord. God isn’t interested in a slave mentality, a mentality whereby we do things because we “have to” No when we work for the Lord it should be because we want to do it. You do it enthusiastically, with energy and desire, vim and vigour. Yes, it’s a labour but it’s a labour of love.
The verse then goes on and exhorts us with the fact that NOTHING we do for the Lord is useless. There is something of value in anything we do for God. Something eternal happens. When we work for the Lord we are building up for ourselves treasures in heaven. Like the little boy who offered Jesus his fish and bread which ended up feeding a crowd, God will multiply whatever service we offer to Him. Sometimes we see the immediate effect and other times it’s visible only in Heaven, but one thing is for certain, nothing we do for Him is useless.
Be strong and immovable in serving the Lord. It’s never useless.
Much Love and Blessings
Ps Mark and Nina.