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Always Give Yourself Fully

1 Corinthians 15:58

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.

112015 Ray McDonaldHere we are – the first Saturday of our Prayer/Fast. How’s your Prayer/Fast going?

We’re getting close to March Madness and our local college team – the University of Maryland Terps – both the women’s and men’s teams are ranked high with high expectations. I wouldn’t be surprised if both teams make the final four or at least the Elite eight. And wouldn’t it be great if both came away with championships!

In most team sports – as we just witnessed in the Super Bowl – where the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers – team work plays a big part and giving your all does as well. Peyton Manning – perhaps playing in his final NFL game – put everything on the line – working his way back from serious surgery and injury – to help his team win. There were players on both teams giving their all – fully. Some players – at times in the game – seemed to back away from giving their all. One play – late in the game – when the game was still on the line – a Panther player seemed to back away from contact when a fumble was on the ground. It may have costs his team a chance to take the lead.

When we walk our faith journey – if we wish to walk with the Lord – it will take us being fully invested. During our Prayer/Fast – words alone will not cut it. We can say we will fast from this or that – but if we are not giving fully of ourselves – we will fail. We can say we will pray more – but mere words will not increase our prayer life. We must be fully invested – fully engaged in a decision to spend more time with Jesus!

Let’s break down today’s passage (1 Corinthians 15:58). It begins by calling us to stand firm. At times we have trouble – standing firm. The politicians seem to have this trouble as well – waffling on their stances – often depending on the audience. It continues by called us to let nothing move us. Often in life – like mentioned with the politicians – peer pressure causes us to change our stance or not stand up for what we believe.

The next part of the passage calls us to always give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord. This is very key – very essential! We cannot give ourselves partially to God. We cannot be lukewarm – we all know what will happen to people who are lukewarm. Revelation 3:16 – So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

The last part if the payoff to standing firm – to letting nothing move us – to giving ourselves fully to God. The promise and hope is that our labor in the Lord is not in vain. No one wants to work for something and get no payoff or reward. We work hard for a degree – it is painful if we fall short of our goal. We saw how painful it was for the players on the losing team in the Super Bowl to fall short of their goal. The promise to us is greater than the hope of the players – who can fully invest and fall short. If we fully invest – we are promised that our labor in the Lord is not in vain. Set you eyes on Jesus and pray that God will work in us – through us – and in spite of us – to His glory!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 13, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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