For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
1 Corinthians 15:56-58
Be strong and immovable! That can be a very dangerous statement to make to some people. It can inspire a stubbornness that is prideful and self-reliant. It can be a tempting stance for those who are used to working hard to develop physical strength and stability in the weight room. That work is important for effective execution on the field, but honoring this command is something entirely different.
The statement to be strong and immovable is directly inspired by the preceding statement in the verse, “So, my dear brothers and sisters.” There is something that is to inspire our stance of strength and immovability, as indicated by the “so.” The ability to fulfill this command is provided by the truth that “God gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
You know the realities of victory (with more coming this season, we trust). Victory over a team on the field is amazing, but victory over sin and death??? That is victory far beyond any athletic experience. It is victory over all of the ultimate enemies of our lives. Jesus fought the battle, won it, and transfers that victory to us as His brothers. On the field, each victory is fulfilling only until your attention shifts to your next opponent--the cycle never ends, until your career is completed. The battle that Jesus won on our behalf never has to be fought again--It is Finished!!
Standing firm in the victory of Jesus over sin and death enables you to enthusiastically accomplish all that God has for you to do. You are made to make a difference for the kingdom and you are assured that your work from this firm stance cannot fail!
Do you regularly take the time to remember the victory that has been won over sin and death, or is that a reality that is taken for granted? What will allow you to regularly reignite the wonder of and thanksgiving for what Jesus has accomplished on your behalf? The pursuit of that wonder is worth it because it provides a confidence and a certainty your work will be significant! Your life will make an eternal difference!