Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, 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
Have you ever seen a video of a weather reporter standing on the beach moments before a hurricane strikes?
In order to get the best possible story, they will put themselves in the middle of gale-force winds and driving rain, screaming into a microphone to let people know that, “Hey! A hurricane might be coming!” Doubled over against the wind, they sometimes lose their footing and fall, providing a hilarious highlight of why not to stand out in a hurricane!
As silly as this picture sounds, this is exactly the imagery that the apostle Paul uses to remind Christians how we are to stand in the Lord. While the world around us rages and the winds of doctrine and worldview blow, we are to plant ourselves in the ground and proclaim the good news of Jesus to the world!
The Corinthian church knew this well. While they tried to share the hope of Jesus with the world, the city of Corinth continued to grow continually evil and hostile, believing everything and attacking anyone who believed differently than the culture. To be a new Christian in the city of Corinth was very much like standing in the middle of a category five hurricane!
Paul wanted to remind the believers in Corinth – and us today – that though our striving in the Lord’s work may seem useless in light of the world around us, God is still at work through those who faithfully obey His call. Because Jesus overcame the world in His death and resurrection, we have the assurance that no matter what the world may say, we can stand firm on the truth of the gospel and know that our working is without vain!
With God as our foundation, there is no wind or rain that can knock us down! How should you live today knowing that truth?
Questions For Reflection on 1 Corinthians 15:58
#1 Are you easily moved by the opinions of others or swayed by your changing emotions? How can you begin to live as Paul teaches – with a firm stand on God’s promises?
#2 In what areas are you working for the Lord in your daily life? How can you give yourself fully to that work as Paul writes?
Lord Jesus, I desire to fully live for You in all of my life. Please show me today where I am lacking in my faith, and help me to stand firm in knowing Your promises are “Yes” and “Amen”. I confess that I am a person who is easily swayed by other’s opinions or expectations, while You alone are the One I should be approved of – and I am in Jesus! I praise You for Your love and grace today!
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.