—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Baptist Church
Put on your spiritual seatbelt. Don’t forget the helmet—of salvation. This devotion is going to put you ON FIRE for the Lord. Brother, sister—on your mark, get set, HERE WE GO!
1 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.
Want Christ to increase in your life? Like the speedometer on the dashboard of your life, it’s time to rev it up. It’s time to smash the pedal to the proverbial metal, and get it into gear for the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s do what the Apostle Paul tells us to do in this verse. If we do, Christ will increase, guaranteed. Paul got his inspiration from God Almighty to write this, so these are His words. I hope you are wearing steel-toe shoes, because you just might get your toes stepped on by the Word of the Lord.
First, our verse says, “Therefor my beloved brethren.” Paul is your brother. He loves you. He wants you to give your all to Christ. He is the one who said,
Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
He is also the one who told us how to accomplish anything and everything for Christ,
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
If you have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, God is your Father, Paul is your brother, and the Holy Spirit is your guide. Just remember you are part of a spiritual family that loves you, prays for you, and wants what is best for you.
Second, our verse says, “Be steadfast.” These are not suggestions from God. No matter how much the world dislikes commands, these are our marching orders from God. As believers, we are supposed to be steadfast. Listen to this definition. This is how you and I are supposed to be:
Definition of steadfast: Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.“steadfast loyalty”.Synonyms of steadfast: loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, staunch, solid, trusty, firm, determined, resolute, relentless, implacable, single-minded, unchanging, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering, unswerving, unyielding, unflinching, uncompromising.