This morning we’re going to do something a little different for our devotional time together. We will take a scripture from the King James version of the bible and we will break it down and apply it to our lives today for 3 Step Success.
Our scripture for today is I Corinthians 15:58. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Now let’s break it down. First, be steadfast. Steadfast is from the root word SIT. In other words, you must be seated. Be settled in the truth.
We live very unsettled lives in an unsettled world. We are tense, uptight, anxious and always stirred up about something. And God says be steadfast – sit down – settle down. Be RELAXED. Did you know you can be working and still be relaxed? God never intended for you and I to go through the days of our life so unsettled. Don’t you know you are way too blessed to be stressed. Stress is the plan of the enemy. Have you fallen into his trap?
You see, as long as you are stressed and anxious, you can never be seated in truth. You can never be steadfast in knowing who you are and who’s you are. Today, take a seat in what you know to be true. You are forgiven, you are chosen, you are blessed. Settle into that. Sit down in that truth today. Resist the temptation to be constantly stirred up and upset.
Let’s look at our scripture again – “Be steadfast and unmovable.” Unmovable like a solid rock. James 1:6 says “the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” Our doubt causes us to be seasick. We’re constantly tossed around and stirred up on the inside. We stress over making the right decision, then question the decisions we make, changing our mind, going back and forth, back and forth, tossed around like a little boat on a big stormy ocean. And God says be unmovable. Stop doubting. Stop doubting God – Stop doubting his plan for you – Stop doubting your ability to walk in his plan for you. Your doubt is making you sick. Be unmovable like a solid rock. Let your yes be yes. Let your no be no. Have boundaries. I will do this, I won’t do that and I will be unmovable with my commitments. Some of us need to start with the basics. Choose your outfit, put it on and resist the urge to stand in your closet wondering if you should change. Stop it. Woman this is madness. Make a decision, then be confident in your decision.
So step one, we are to be steadfast – meaning we are seated in truth and relaxed.
And step two, we are to be unmovable – A solid rock no longer tossed around by doubt.
Next in our scripture is says “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” There’s step three, always abounding. Abounding means plentiful, abundant. Be abundant in your work. For you today, this means go the extra mile. Stop doing the minimum. Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord.” God wants to talk to you about your work today. Whether you go to an office, a factory or a school. Whether you’re the boss or the employee. Whether you’re punching the clock, running the shop, or the boss of your house, you are working today. And God expects you to work for Him. Everything you do, do it with all you heart as if working for God, because actually YOU ARE. You are working for God. Everything you do today matters. Everything makes an impact. And he wants to know if you will always abound in your work today. Will you go the extra mile? Will you do it right? Will you give it your absolute best effort? Will you finish it today? Yes, mama who is at home doing laundry today – will you abound with your work today? Will you fold those socks as if they’re God’s socks and actually put them away? God has trusted you with a family and given you clothes – show him your gratitude by abounding in your work today. Yes woman who is going to work again today putting in hours that seem like a waste of your life. You have an opportunity to exchange your work for money and provision. Someone is counting on you to show up. God is also counting on you to show up. Don’t let him down. Show up with your best effort, even if you think no one will notice.
And finally our scripture today tells us that our labor will not be in vain.
Girl, your reward is coming. It is coming. Sometimes it feels like we do all this work for nothing, but listen to me – God sees your work and he will reward you. He’s been watching you closely. He sees when you’re faithful with little and he is preparing to give you more. Isn’t that the secret to the next level promotion in life … rock the level you’re currently on. Be faithful with the little you have now and prove you can be trusted with more.
So today, be steadfast, unmovable, abounding in your work and you will not labor in vain.