Not In Vain

Published on Oct 17th, 2012 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

My father turned 80 a few days ago.  When I was young I heard him speak about a verse that he wanted his life to mirror.  The verse was I Cor 15:58, “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.” (ESV).  As I look at my dad’s life I am thankful for his steadfast walk with the Lord.  He has not wavered in his walk of obedience.  He has been immovable in his faith.  He still holds firmly to the truth of the Word of God.  He recently purchased an IPad so that he can face time his great grandchildren.  One of the first things he did, right after he face timed me and showed me how his new toilet flushed (another story) was to download some apps that helped him better study the Word of God.  Although his knees are bad and he is unable to regularly teach at church he still looks like Tigger as he abounds in the work of the Lord.

What I find so encouraging about all of this is that if you were to ask my dad the secret to his long walk with God he would be the first to share that it was not him but the Lord who has sustained him.  My dad has been steadfast, immovable, and always abounding because he is in the Lord.  The Lord has been faithful.  The Lord is the one who keeps and finishes the work that He began in my dad.  Sure, there have been many good decisions made by my dad.  Many acts of self discipline but my dad would also share that there have been many poor decisions and many times of self indulgence.  And yet, because he is in the Lord, because of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in his life, my dad’s life has not, and will not, be lived in vain.

I am probably in what many would call “mid life crisis” time.  I don’t know.  I never have been here before.  I am concerned, though, that my life continues to be a life of steadfast obedience, immovable faith, and abounding work.  I find that I am at the middle of my journey here on earth and sometimes the road ahead looks as long as the road behind.  Will I continue to walk worthy?  I am encouraged to learn from my dad, and the Word of God, that it is the Lord who sustains me.  That my life not being in vain is based on my relationship to Him not primarily on my great efforts.  That certainly takes a load off.

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