Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Tuesday Teaching: The One Verse
Here's the one verse I would cling to if I had to cling to one verse as to how to live: "Therefore...be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" (1 Cor 15:58). Wherever you are, whatever you have lost, wherever you have failed, whatever you are facing... don't give in and don't give up. If your heart is oriented towards Jesus and his Cross and Resurrection - if you still retain the capacity to be amazed and moved by those two historical events - all is well. If your heart still loves - even after you hurt and cuss and moan and groan - all is well. If your heart still melts for the hurting and the left-out and the overlooked - all is well. If your heart still finds itself siding with those who are out, not those who are in - all is well. If your heart still is soft towards those who have hurt you rather than seeking to cast them away - all is well. Every bit of energy you expend in the service of the causes that Jesus loves will result in results which richly repay your investment...they are never in vain. Anything else gets piled up on the landfill of history - silly and small and superficial.