Giving Ourselves Fully to the Lord
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
~ 1 Corinthians 15:58
Many people have a dread of living in vain. I read about a man who left a request in his will that his ashes be used in egg-timers so that his life would not be a total write-off! The Bible tells me that my labor in the Lord is not in vain. That’s why I need to be steadfast and immovable in my determination to seek out the work that is His will for my life; and once I find it, I must do it with all my strength, all my days, keeping all eternity in mind.
Working for Jesus Christ and His kingdom has eternal repercussions. Are you ever so despondent that you feel you may as well end up in an egg-timer? Come to God through Christ – ask Him to help you spend your time wisely, and you will not feel that your life is empty and frustrating. However, if you begin to serve Him, you may run into another problem. You will probably discover there is never enough time to accomplish everything that needs accomplishing! You will be “giving yourself fully”!
“What does man gain from all his labor…?” Solomon asks (Eccl. 1:3). Solomon was the wisest of men, yet he still had his egg-timer moments! Paul, knowing believers get discouraged, told us that the secret of a meaningful life is “always” to give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord.
Lord, thank You for the work You have given me to do for Your kingdom. Remind me that since the call comes from You it has great eternal repercussions. Help me to spend my time wisely and to see that even some of the small things I do each day are part of Your great plan. Open my eyes, ears, and heart to the new opportunities You send my way. Help me to always give myself fully to Your lead so that my labor is not in vain, but full of joy. Amen.