Friday, June 13, 2014

Paul spends chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians expounding upon and defending the resurrection of Jesus Christ and then closes with this statement:

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain (1Cor 15:18)

Therefore tells us that he is drawing a conclusion from his defense of the resurrection.  As a result of the resurrection being a real historical fact, no ministry towards others is in vain!  None of it, none of the long hours studying and preaching, none of the long hours of counseling, not one time the gospel was shared, none of the seemingly fruitless conversations we have had, none of it.  What motivates me to keep going is knowing that nothing I do is in vain, even when I see no evidence of fruit.  That is why we are called to live by faith and not by sight!

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