I find this verse from 1 Corinthians 15 to be such a source of hope! While we are not assured that everything in life will always go smoothly (believe me – it won’t), the Bible nonetheless encourages us to “be steadfast”. As is my custom, I thought I’d look up the key words that stand out to me from this passage (steadfast, immovable, and abounding), and share the definitions here. After all, we so often use ordinary, familiar words each day, but do not fully grasp their meaning.
Here’s what I found, via Merriam-Webster’s dictionary app:
- Steadfast. Firmly fixed in place: immovable, not subject to change. Firm in belief, determination, or adherence.
- Immovable. Incapable of being moved; broadly: not moving or not intended to be moved. Steadfast, unyielding; not capable of being moved emotionally.
- Abounding. Existing in or providing a great or plentiful quantity or supply.
So if I am reading this correctly, we are to remain firmly rooted in our convictions – so much so that we literally cannot move (in my mind, I picture a pole set in wet cement. Once everything dries, there is no way for the pole to move – and no one else can shift it, either).
All the while, we are to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” Say what? Always? And you know me – I looked that word up as well. Not surprisingly, always means “at all times.” Therefore, at all times (and I take this to mean a consistent habit, rather than every waking breath. We all have hard days!), we are to overflow in the fruitful doing of God’s business. Why? Well, the verse tells us the reason, too:
Knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain.
Of course, you know that I looked up “in vain” as well, and here is what I found:
To no end: without success or result.
Here’s the kicker: Apparently, everything that we do in the Lord ends in success and a positive result – from God’s perspective, anyway – even if it doesn’t seem that way to us in the moment.
So let’s remember to be steadfast and immovable, and – come what may! – to continue abounding in whatever good work God has called us to do. ⚓️