Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
I have always wanted to do a series on “the Bible’s great ‘therefore’s'”. One of the greatest, if not the greatest “therefore” in the Bible is found at the conclusion of 1 Corinthians 15 where Paul explains that everything in the Christian life hangs on the resurrection of Jesus Christ–everything including our work.
Have you ever considered what Easter Sunday means for you on the following Monday? It should mean everything. No labor is in vain. Because of the resurrection, we should be abounding in the work of the Lord as those who are steadfast and immovable, knowing that the resurrection means the vindication of all things done “in the Lord.” Is this not what Paul means when he says, “knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord”? Indeed, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
I am convinced that if we believed in the resurrection on Monday as much as we do on Sunday, our work would drastically change because the perspective of the workman has a new trajectory. I know that there would be some to think that the application of Paul’s conclusion is for “ministry” or “spiritual work” or the work of “vocational ministers.” But if that was the case, then this passage would have very little relevance for the majority of Christians who have ever lived. Clearly, Paul is speaking to all of us, to live our lives under the purview, and through the power of, Christ’s resurrection. We are citizens of a kingdom whose King is coming back, who comes with an accounting for all we do in this life.
Easter has great significance for our lives–greater than sometimes we think, for Easter is not for Christians to remember on one Sunday a year, but for every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of every year. Easter means that we should know with certainty, grounded with conviction, that the sweat of our brow and the callousness of our hands do not reflect mere futility because of the Fall; rather, they speak of a recompense that comes from Him who has worked for us redemption and righteousness before God our Father. Knowing that we are His workmanship, created for good works which God prepared beforehand, then how much more should we walk (abound) in them? I fear that so much of our Christian “walk” has been spiritual steps without earthen shoes. When we think about the command to “go and make disciples,” we should not be amiss to be mindful that the front door to our world is most consistently found in our workplace. No doubt, the work of making and mending tents is not as glamorous as a captive audience on Mars Hill, but neither do I believe that Paul considered that you could have one without the other. We live between two worlds, and God has given us a message that is the power of God unto salvation, God who transfers those from the domain of darkness to the kingdom of His beloved Son. What will adorn such a message and validate its truth but those workmen who believe that Easter means absolutely everything to Monday morning?
Therefore, because Christ is risen, abound in the work of the Lord.