This morning in my readings I came across this wonderful encouragement from the Apostle Paul.
1 Corinthians 15:57 – 58 “But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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 labour in the Lord is not in vain.”
Paul in the verses before this was talking about how the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality … Death has been swallowed up in victory. The significance of the cross can never be overstated or underestimated. Through Jesus' sacrifice every follower of Christ has an assurance of victory over the grave. For the early church and for Christians after, this gave them the courage they needed to face their most difficult of challenges. Some would ultimately lose their lives but there was a confidence that it would not be their end, only the beginning of a new life to come. In our lives, with all that we face both great and not so great, be encouraged that nothing you face, you face alone. Christ has made a way for you to overcome! So be determined today to live each and every day to the full. “Give yourselves fully” as the passage says. Don’t hold back. Your work for the Lord is never in vain. If Christ can conquer death, that means we, who are in Christ, can overcome anything with him!! We have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. So be victorious today!