“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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 15:57, 58
This powerful challenge and promise to stand firm and give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord has been an encouragement to countless followers of Jesus over the centuries. The preceding verse gives us the key to standing firm in our responsibilities and callings. God gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus has overcome sin and death, and he gives us the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome any temptation, scheme of the enemy, or challenge. We stand firm in Christ’s finished work on the cross and in his resurrection power. Our labor in our own strength and for our own purposes will not endure; however, our labor in the Lord is sowing seeds which will bear fruit for eternity.
“Lord Jesus, thank you for your victory over sin, death, and the enemy of our souls. I stand firm in your victory today, and in your Spirit’s power, for your glory.”