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 (NIV)
Is It Worth It?
It is worth it? Is what worth what? Is all your faithful and hard work for me worth it? I would have never expected you to ask me that kind of question. Why do you think I’m asking you that question right now? It’s a good question to think about when I’m not weary and worn out or going through great difficulty. Why is that? I think it’s important to have an answer to that question in advance before I’m at one of my weakest points in life. Yes, it is. There will be days that your advance decision-making will help you through temptations and trials.
Are you thinking about your answer? Yes, I am. What’s on your mind? I’m sure that every second, minute and hour of service to you is worth it. I want my life to be one long act of continual service to you. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and your glory. I want to be well used by you. I don’t want any gift, talent, ability or resource that you have given me to go to waste. I want to better know your will and your ways as I serve you. There is a “but” coming isn’t there? Yes and no, kind of sort of, I suppose. Tell me what you are thinking. I can’t answer your question completely. The worth of my serving you can’t be completely known or fully measured in this life. I can only partially know the value of my service until the day I look back with you in the light of eternity. On that day I so want to hear you say, “Well done good and faithful servant.” I’m serving you now with that hope in mind. Hearing those words from you would make every day of my work for you worth it, of that I am sure. Yes, it will.
Looking forward to your eternal life with me in heaven motivates your service to me today, is that right? Yes, my eyes are fixed on heaven. My focus is on you. I know my future is securely in your hands. I know that you have a place prepared for me. Knowing this has given me strength. Knowing this has given me hope. Knowing this has given me courage to stand firm, allowing nothing to move me. It is the desire of my heart to give myself fully to the work that you have given me to do. You have prepared good works for me to do and I am going to do them with all the power that you have given me. I know that all my labor will never be in vain. Yes, it is worth it! Yes, it is.
Lord, thank you that my future in heaven is secure and awaits me. Help me now to stand firm, letting nothing move me, as I give myself fully to the work that you have called me to do for you. I know my labor will not be in vain. Amen
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