Keep on, Keepin' On


Keep on, Keepin' On

“Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:58

After being a part of many different ministries, there have been several instances were there has been no tangible outcome. When working at camp in past summers, sometimes none of my campers would make decisions, and I would wonder if I was even making a difference. I would wonder if my labor was in vain and question if it was accomplishing anything. So many times I would get “stuck” with a petty or insignificant jobs, that I thought weren’t important at all, and I would repeatedly ask myself “is my work even achieving anything?”

As I grew in maturity and in the Spirit, I came to realize that it was not my place to question the Lord’s work. It was not my place to search for results.  My place was to be faithful!

In Isaiah 55:10-11 , the Lord tells us that His Word “will not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.” It isn’t our job to get results. Our job is to be faithful. If we are faithful in His work and in sharing the gospel, His Word will not return void. That is such an amazing promise! In those circumstances when I saw no fruit in my labor, I wanted to give up, simply because I wasn’t seeing any change. God is telling us here in Isaiah to not give up and leave the results up to Him.

Another reason to keep striving in the gospel is that our rewards are not here on Earth, but in heaven. I think many times, especially in my own life, I want to bring glory to myself, and I forget that I should be glorifying God. That is a tough thing for me to admit! I need to remember to not give up the eternal for the temporary. What really matters is eternity!

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do no break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” - Matthew 6:19-21

I love the words of Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the Huaorani people of Ecuador, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

- Spencer Shelburne

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