Victory for Christians is measured in our willingness to allow the Father to love us and lead us. He takes care of the rest.
 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
The apostle Paul was very good at articulating on paper concepts and ideas. He was also good at application. Anytime he said, “therefore,” we must look to see what it’s “there for.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 is a good example,
57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be firm, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
What victory do we have through our Lord Jesus Christ?
- We have forgiveness of sin,
- We are children of God,
- We have fellowship with the Trinity,
- We no longer fear death,
- We have a hope of an eternal future with Him.
In light of these victories, what is it that Paul encourages us to do (what are they there for)?
- We are to be firm and immovable- Knowing what we believe is vital. I see two ways for us to know: Knowledge and experience. Study and discussion give us knowledge, which acts like handles for us to grab onto and hold ideas and concepts. Experience comes through walking with the Lord through life. Our experience helps us to shape our knowledge, latch onto truth, and to let go of everything else.
- We are to always be excelling in the work of the Lord- What is the work of the Lord? It is for us to believe in the one whom God sent, who is Jesus (John 6:29). In other words, we are to believe Jesus and imitate Him. If we love Jesus, we will endeavor to be like Jesus. What did Jesus think and teach? What did Jesus do? These are the things after which we run.
- We are to rest assured that our labor is not in vain in the Lord- We need not worry about the outcome of anything we do in the Lord. He can take our gluey messes and our crayon drawings and make beautiful masterpieces out of them. He weaves them together with His other children’s “art work” in a beautiful tapestry, one of which we will get to see the other side one day. Right now, all we see is the back side where all the stitching and knots are. He says, “Don’t worry about the outcome; I am working all things together for good according to My will (Romans 8:28).”
Let’s take great comfort in His plan, His grace, and His inclusion of us in His plan. He loves us and wants to do life with us!
Abba, I sure want to do life with You. May I come to You often–constantly–throughout the day for direction, inspiration, and fellowship. I hear You say, “Let’s walk together, you and I.” Whether through the valley of the shadow of death, through the fire or a lion’s den, or even on water, we will be together, Lord Jesus. Amen.