New Year’s Resolution

2 Jan

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57&58

The apostle Paul went through many persecutions, trials, hardships, and even rejection. Here he is an apostle of Jesus Christ, giving his all for the kingdom of God and many times he couldn’t see the fruit and reward of his labors. It could have been so discouraging and deterred him from his service to God.

Yet, his faith was grounded in the Lord. He chose to see beyond earthly means giving his all for Jesus with a grateful heart. He wouldn’t allow the sin of selfishness, resentment, hopelessness, and discouragement creep in just because he couldn’t see the benefit and reward of his sacrifice. Rather, he took hold of the victory that was His – promised to Him as a child and follower of Jesus Christ. He walked in the Spirit, dying daily to the flesh.

With this mindset, he encourages us to be
steadfast = firmly fixed, established, and unwavering in our Lord and what He has shown us to be true.
unmoveable = beliefs and convictions which cannot be shaken
always abounding in the work of the Lord = not lacking but increasing, obeying and following His direction every step of the way

Many times, this is hard. Sometimes this is extremely hard, especially when we are “buffeted” on every side whether by the world, family, friends, or influences. As John Wesley so adequately put it: “Whatever we do for his sake shall have its full reward in that day. Let us also endeavor, by cultivating holiness in all its branches, to maintain this hope in its full energy…”.

Once again, it all comes down to a choice. We must choose to believe that our labor is not in vain. We can become disheartened in our work, beliefs, and convictions to only satisfy ourselves temporarily and please our carnal, fallen nature; or we can choose to walk in the victory that we’ve been promised knowing that our labor certainly is not in vain. Ultimately, we are responsible before God. He is our Judge and He is faithful to see us to the end. We don’t need to see our reward for we know that we are pleasing our God and just knowing that surely surpasses any reward that we can be given.

Among some great words of Oswald Chambers, I found these: “Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point – a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go toward a more and more slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest – our best for His glory.”

Perhaps this can be our New Year’s Resolution. “All for Jesus, alone!”


4 Responses to “New Year’s Resolution”

  1. elianna January 2, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    Amen, Sara! Happy New Year!

  2. Under Southern Skies January 3, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    “All for Jesus, alone!” Yes, may this be our cry! Thank you for this wonderful post.

  3. Carolj January 5, 2008 at 2:56 am #

    Great post! Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. lajiemarie January 5, 2008 at 9:47 pm #


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