Everything We Do Matters For Christ Matters In Eternity
Posted: Friday, August 24
1 Corinthians 15:29-58
Verse of the day:
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, 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)
You probably aren’t thinking about how your attendance at today’s work meeting will make a difference for eternity. I bet you’re not thinking about how taking out the garbage and waving at your neighbor, or changing your child’s diaper would be marked in the annals of heaven. We easily give in to the notion that such mundane things are meaningless and therefore have little to no impact for eternity. However, this way of thinking should be reexamined.
The entire focus of 1 Corinthians 15 is about how Christ’s resurrection ensures that those who put their faith in Him will also be resurrected. The chapter ends with Paul explaining what our mindset should be towards anything we do for Christ in verse 58. The New Living Translation says it this way:
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.
Nothing we do for God is useless. This is a powerful truth, but we don’t always feel this way because we label some efforts as insignificant or we don’t see any meaningful results after doing them for so long. Yet, when we stand firm as Paul says in doing anything for God’s glory, I believe He will begin to show us the eternal impact of our actions.
When we do our jobs for God’s glory, giving our best effort every day, our co-workers will respect our work-ethic and possibly allow us to share our faith. When we are good stewards over the homes God has given us and we show our neighbors we care for them personally, God can use our relationship with them to speak directly into their lives. And when we love for our children, changing diapers and seeing to all their needs, God shows his love for them through our actions.
What are you doing right now in your life that seems mundane? Keep being faithful at do it for God’s glory and trust that it is not useless.