Marie’s daily verse: 9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— 10these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
1 CORINTHIANS 2:9-10
DAILY DEVOTION, January 6, 2023
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).
The Corinthians church had many problems. They abused spiritual gifts, immorality was present, they defiled the Lord’s Supper, etc. Paul gives a simple solution to overcoming their spiritual failures. First, they must be steadfast and immovable in their faith in Jesus. As they loosen their hold on Jesus, problems creep in. Our faith in Jesus must be uncompromising. Those whose faith is immovable can endure anything.
Second, they are to abound in the work of the Lord, not just on Sunday and Wednesday, but always. If we are steadfast in our service to Jesus, we will have no time for the foolishness that characterized the Corinthian Church. As a teenager, I labored for seven years at a dairy store in Minneapolis. It provided some funds at the time, but who remembers my labor? I can barely remember all that went on at that dairy Store. In the long run, such work is in vain. What we do for God is never in vain. It has eternal consequences. Yes, we have to do our various earthly jobs, but in the process, we must not forget that only labor for the Lord endures forever.
Father, I pray the Holy Spirit will be at work in my life, keeping me steadfast in my faith and abounding in the work of the Lord. May Jesus Christ be honored as I live for Him. Amen.