by Nick Tucker – Associate Pastor – Youth and Worship
1 Corinthians 15:56-58 says this:
“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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.”
I love the encouragement which Paul gives here to the Corinthians after talking about the Resurrection body. “But thank God!”
I find it interesting that around this time of year, people always like to reflect on the things they’re thankful for. Some even love to ask the question. The interesting piece isn’t in the question or the fact that people consider what they’re thankful for, but rather the things which people are thankful for. I tend to fall into thinking about the things I’m thankful for and those things tend to be pretty material.
While I think it’s totally good to be thankful for the material items in our life, I think it’s more important for us to reflect on the things which we are thankful to God for. Kingdom things.
I try to do this often. I try to reflect on the ways which God’s will is being carried out in and through not only our church, but the kingdom. And it’s through the reflection on these things that I’m able to be strong and immovable. Because I can remember the ways which He has worked and showed up, and so I stand confident and firm in that.
One of my old youth pastors would often refer to himself as a “delinquent” but not in the sense as if to insult himself, but as if to show me the way which God worked! He would almost always say in his sermons and messages that, “God doesn’t waste a thing.” In reference to us teenagers in the youth group. This was incredibly encouraging for not only me, but my peers as well, and I think this is still encouraging for me today as an adult.
It’s not just the words from my old youth pastor that are encouraging to me, but these words out of 1 Corinthians 15:56-58. “Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
In this Thanksgiving season, thank God for not wasting a thing. For the fact that we get to do work enthusiastically for Him! Be encouraged in this season when you may feel that work you are doing is useless. We know that nothing we do for the Lord is ever useless. So I encourage you in this season, to be immovable and strong in Christ.