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. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
Tried And Tested
I have given you work to do for me. I have called you into my service. The work that I will give to you will not be easy. The work that you will do for me will require your full attention and very best effort. You will be tried and tested by the work you will do for me. How so? You will think that I have asked you to do what you cannot do. Will I be wrong? That is a very good and wise question. You will not be wrong. Let me get this straight, you will ask me to do work I cannot do for you? That is right. Why is that? The work that I will give you to do for me will cause you to rely on me. Is that a test? You mentioned that I would be tried and tested. Yes, I did. Your first test will ask you to rely on me to go and do the work I will give you to do. That seems like two tests. How so? I will be tested to see if I will be willing to do your work and if I will rely on you to do it. That’s right. Are you speaking from experience? You know that I am. There have been many times that I have tried to go and do your work solely with my own strengths, talents and abilities without relying on you. How has that worked out for you? Relying solely on my strengths, talents and abilities to do your work has been an unfruitful endeavor that has left me depressed, depleted and defeated. Under those circumstances, I have given up and quit. So, to pass this first test I need to say yes to what you ask of me and rely on you to make me able to do the work you have given me to do for you. That’s right.
Will I face any more tests when I am doing your work? Yes, you will. Did I mention that my work would be hard? Yes, you did. My work will be hard enough that you will be tempted to quit. You will face uncertainty. You will experience set-backs. You will feel discouraged and defeated. You will wonder if your work will ever bear fruit for my kingdom. You will doubt that you are bringing glory to my name. You must keep on going. You must keep on doing my work. You will need to hold on to me as I hold on to you. I will sustain and strengthen you. You will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Your labor for me will never be in vain. Will you pass this test? Will you keep on serving me? Yes Lord, with your help I will keep on following and serving you. Good answer.
Lord, thank you for giving me work to go and do for you. I know that the work you have given me to do will not be easy. I know your work will require my best effort. I will not grow weary. I will not quit. Sustain and strengthen me to keep on doing your work. Amen
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