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๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ‘‘ Your Labor Is Not In Vain in the Lordโ€”Or Is It?

โ€œTherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know thatย your labour is not in vain in the Lordโ€ (I Cor.ย 15:58).

Many years ago, my good friend Pastor John Fredericksen gave me a plaque engraved with this text, a plaque that sits on my desk here atย Berean Bible Societyย to this day. As I labor for the Lord, it is such an encouragement to me to know that, no matter what, my labor is not in vain in the Lord.

But if that be so, why did Paul tell the Galatians,

โ€œYe observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you,ย lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vainโ€ (Gal.ย 4:10,11).

And what about what the apostle told the Philippians:

โ€œDo all things without murmurings and disputingsโ€ฆthat I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain,ย neither laboured in vainโ€ (Phil. 2:14-16).

And donโ€™t we find the same thought in I Thessalonians 3:5?

โ€œโ€ฆI sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you,ย and our labour be in vain.โ€

If it was possible that Paulโ€™s labor for the Lord might have been in vain, how could he tell the Corinthians thatย theirย labor couldย notย be? How could the labor of a godly apostle be in vain, but not the labor of the carnal Corinthians?

We believe the answer is found in the context of the verse, where right before telling the Corinthians that their labor was not in vain, Paul spoke to them about the Rapture (I Cor. 15:51-57). Inย thatย day, when we stand before the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ,ย nobelieverโ€™s labor will be in vain, forย allย of our labor for Him will be richly rewarded.

And so it is that, if the Galatians persisted in their legalism, if the Philippians continued to do things with murmurings and disputings, if the Thessalonians abandoned the faith, Paulโ€™s labor among them would have been in vain inย thisย life,ย but not in the next life!ย And if you are feeling discouraged aboutย yourย labor for the Lord because people whom you have led to Him have departed from the faith, or believers to whom youโ€™ve introduced the grace message have turned their back on that blessed truth, you too can rejoice thatย your labor is not in vain in the Lord! source


I am blessed with two amazing kids and Iโ€™m a Christian Music fanatic! I also love to write and my websites and bible studies keep me busy as well.

At this point in my life, my focus is on fellowship and my existing relationships with God, my children and with family.

In Christ,

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