It’s Not in Vain
1 Corinthians 15:58
Beloved of God:
There is a Nigerian proverb that says “working like an elephant and eating like an ant.” It refers to the demoralizing effect of feeling like your work has been wasted. Nothing can crush the human spirit quicker than feeling that you have piddled away at something with no profit to show for it; and by “profit,” I don’t mean simply earning a living or making money. No, I’m referring to anything that anyone of us puts our hands to expecting a certain result, only to have your expectations disappointed.
Maybe 2019 has left you feeling like you worked like an elephant only to see an ant’s worth of profit.
- You put an elephant’s worth of love into a relationship, only to get an ant’s worth of love in return.
- You put an elephant’s worth of dedication into a job, and all you got back was an ant’s worth of loyalty from the company.
- You put an elephant’s worth of work into your dream, only to see what looks like an ant’s worth of success.
The Word of God has a reminder for us today. Regardless of the disappointments that this world brings, nothing that we do for the Lord is in vain; and everything we do for Christ has eternal significance.
“Therefore…” Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58:
“…be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”