“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)
I have not been one to follow through on my resolutions. Each year, I would make them and by February had fallen short and given up. So rather than fail, I simply chose not to make resolutions.
What I was really doing was making a wish list. So many nice-to-do’s but nothing that would last. You can’t take it with you so if it’s uncomfortable, inconvenient or troublesome, why bother?
And that is what resolutions are all about – doing the hard thing. If it was easy, we’d all be doing what we know we should. We’d be doing what is good for us and others not needing new resolutions.
To be resolved is to be convinced and satisfied that the purpose we pursue is true and worth the effort. We are bold, unshaken, constant, steady, and determined because we understand that what we do or don’t do really matters.
What can matter to the point that we are not only determined in our pursuit but problems cannot hinder or stop our efforts?
“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2 (NIV)
Jesus Christ and salvation through His death and resurrection. There is nothing that lasts longer or is more important than knowing Christ.
So how do we become resolved in knowing Christ?
As we seek God with all of our heart, we become open to His truth, will and way in every part of our life. Jesus is that Truth. We read His Word and spend time with Him in worship and prayer. God does not hide himself from us and when we earnestly seek Him, we find Him. And then we point others to Him.
What does this resolve look like in our lives?
We stand firm and let nothing move us: When we know the truth and reason about why we do what we do, we can speak and act with certainty and boldness not being moved when questions or doubts are raised. We are not easily excited or entangled in debates and we don’t let the troubles of life or complaints from people stop us or derail us in our work and efforts.
Why are we able to continue in our work?
We know our labor in the Lord is not in vain: Everything God calls us to do has a purpose. When we give ourselves fully to His work, we will point others to Him. We even find purpose in our failures, learning and growing from them.
Do you know God’s truth for your life, your eternal life? Do you know that truth with certainty or are you more wishful in your thinking? Are there inconveniences or problems that are keeping you from stepping into God’s purpose for your life?
Something to Consider…
In what way is God calling you to be resolved?
Do you need to know Jesus? Consider taking an Alpha class. Alpha is for anyone who has questions about God, the Bible, Jesus and the Christian faith.
Do you know Jesus but are easily moved by your emotions or questions raised by others? Consider joining a Bible study group such as Bible Study Fellowship. Studying God’s Word solidifies His truth. We are able to learn from each other and stay accountable.
Do you wonder if what you do really makes a difference? While we may not always see the results of our work, we can be certain that if we are seeking God and His will in all we do, He will use our work to accomplish His purpose.