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

Jesus has risen! This truth serves as the linchpin for all of Christianity. Since He arose, we will arose. As Christ was given a new body, we will be given a new body. Christ was raised for our justification. Our sin and guilt have been removed and we have received the righteousness of Christ. He has risen indeed!

Paul ends his discussion about the resurrection in 1 Corinthian 15 with 4 specific commands. Let’s peruse them today. And may our study lead us to greater obedience to Christ.

**Be steadfast. Let us remain settled in the cross. We have been taught the Scriptures and the truths of God. And we should continue to believe and trust them. Others will lay aside the Scriptures and opt for a more “world-friendly” way. Our call is to remain steadfast in the truth no matter the cost.

**Be immovable. The thought here is remaining solid through the trials and tribulations of lie. The storms of life may come but we are to remain constant in our belief no matter the trial. We live by the truth and not by how we feel. Be immovable child of God.

**Abound in the work of the Lord. Because of our salvation, we work and labor for Christ. We work to minister, to serve, and to see others come to know the Savior. But we don’t simply do the bare minimum. Paul calls to abound, to be abundant in our work. Let us give our best effort and our best energy.  May the Lord help us to be excellent in all of our service to Him.

**Remember, your labor is not in vain. Your work, your witness, and your giving will always accomplish much in the kingdom work. We often do not see the end result of our ministry. However, God sees and blesses our service to others.  Our labor is in the Lord. Let us trust Him to use it for His glory!

Tony French   

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