“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 Cor 15:58).
Be honest. Have there not been days of deep discouragement in recent months? Skeptics are saying people won’t come back. Cynics conclude maybe we never needed the church in the first place. But the Apostle Paul says, “Stand firm. Let nothing move you.” And that is what we say. “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance,” Paul writes, “that Christ died for our sins … that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures … (that) he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at the same time” and, what’s more, that we too will be raised from the dead, imperishable and immortal, that “Death will be swallowed up in victory!” (1 Cor 15:3-6, 54). This is why we persist, church. Skeptics will come and go, but this much remains: Jesus is the Way back to God, and nothing could be more important than connecting the unconnected to Him in these troubling times. Therefore, today we are praying, Thanks be to God, our labors are not in vain; they are never, ever in vain!