Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1Cor 15:58)

Therefore….so what came before? The beautiful chapter on the resurrection of the dead. This is our hope, Jesus the first born among many brothers, in him all will be made alive. The perishable will be clothed with the imperishable, the mortal with immortality, death has been swallowed up in victory, where o death is your sting? In a flash in a twinkling of an eye we will al be changed.

Death has been swallowed up, the mocking of ‘where o death is your victory. Where o death is your sting?’

There is a hope that is to come, we have a hope now. Our kinsmen redeemer has gone before us, the beautiful one, the forerunner, our prophet and king, our Lord and our God, he paid the price and declared it is finished. It is finished.

So stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the lord.
Because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.

When all seems hopeless and dark and without purpose, the resurrection is the light that breaks the dark. The resurrection is like the first rays of sun breaking the night, it is the hope that there is a day to come. Night is over. The light of the day strengthens our spirit and gives us the inner resolve to stand firm and let nothing move you. It strengthens my spirit to give myself to the Lords work again. The resurrection is my hope and I can see that my labour is not in vain. It is the strength that there is an end, that my running has purpose.

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