Therefore . . .

Kristen Deede Johnson

READ : 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (v. 57)

I can’t help it. It happens every time I read the word therefore in the Bible. Immediately a voice in my head says, “What’s the therefore there for?” It’s been at least fifteen years since I first heard a pastor suggest we ask that question when we come to “therefores” as we’re reading the Bible, and I’m still asking it.

In today’s passage we read: “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” I would love to be steadfast, consistent, and unshakeable as I do excellent work for God, but what would motivate me to be this way?

According to the apostle, what motivates my labor for the Lord is gratitude. Just before the “therefore,” Paul speaks of Jesus Christ’s tremendous victory over death. His victory is our victory, too. This means that our mortal bodies will one day put on immortality, our perishable bodies will one day put on imperishability. Thanks be to God!

With this gratitude in our hearts, we’re motivated to respond to God’s love by offering our lives and labor to the Lord.

PRAYER

Help us to be steadfast and immoveable as we do the work of the Lord with gratitude in our hearts.