1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
We live in times when God’s people are trying to do less labor for the LORD instead of more. The excuse that has been used to justify this lazy, backslidden mindset is that you shouldn’t lose your children for the ministry. Now, this may sound fine on the surface, but who says you can’t work more for Christ and keep your children? It is interesting that these same people never say to the big givers in their churches who are successful business owners not to lose their children for having a successful business. Let’s face it; many business owners have lost their children to the world as well. On the other hand, there are many who serve the LORD tirelessly and business owners who have tirelessly worked to build a successful and thriving business that have not lost their children. We tend to give the rebel an escape when their rebellion needs to be laid at the rebel’s heart.
There is nothing wrong with laboring hard in the ministry. The verse above admonishes the believer to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” Now, you cannot always abound in the Lord’s work when you are sitting and doing nothing. To abound in the Lord’s work means that you must work hard to see the Lord’s work abound. Let me point out several helps about this verse.
First, the Lord’s work does take labor. It is interesting that the Scriptures say that we are in the “work of the Lord” and not the playground and service group of the Lord. My friend, you will never do much for God without hard work. The ministry takes work, and to labor in the Lord’s work will take sacrifices from pleasure. This does not mean that you cannot enjoy some times of pleasure, but sadly, there are people who play much more than they work. You will never see your ministry thrive without acquiring a mindset to labor in the Lord’s work.
Second, you are to abound in the Lord’s work. Abounding in the Lord’s work means a couple of things. First, it means that you are conquering and gaining ground in the Lord’s works. Second, it means that your works will overflow on others. In other words, I don’t labor in the Lord’s work so that it will benefit me, though it will, we labor in the Lord’s work so that the fruits of what we do benefit others. Your labor for the Lord will never be beneficial to others without you working hard to see God bless what you are doing for Him. You can’t abound in the Lord’s work when you are content with mediocrity. You will only abound in the Lord’s work when you have a desire to do something great for the Lord.
Third, you are to “always” abound in the Lord’s work. God didn’t say just to abound in the Lord’s work one day a week, but you are to “always” abound in His work. In other words, seven days a week you are to abound in the Lord’s work. I hate to point this out to the lazy believer who is trying to do the least that they can do for the Lord, but you are commanded by Christ to ALWAYS abound in His work. You will have to work tirelessly in His work to always abound in it.
My friend, the benefits of always abounding in the Lord’s work are rewarding and fulfilling. You will find joy in life and the ability to be a blessing to many if you will always abound in the Lord’s work.