Be steadfast and immovable

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Steadfast and immovable”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Be steadfast and immovable”
 
Originally, I was going to make the theme for this month either perseverance or consistency. I couldn’t decide which to go with, but I suppose it was really a matter of “six of one or a half-dozen of the other”. Perseverance and consistency are pretty similar concepts and the devotionals would have been close to the same.
 
But then I read Paul’s words of encouragement in 1 Corinthians 15:58 and I knew I had my theme for the month, “steadfast and immovable”. I like that. That’s what we as followers of Christ need right now in the middle of the chaos of this world – to be steadfast and immovable. And in order to be steadfast and immovable, we will have to persevere and be consistent as well. So, we’ll cover that this month too.
 
To give us a better feel for what it means to be steadfast and immovable, let’s delve into Rodale’s Synonym Finder. Synonyms for steadfast include, “steady, intent, undistracted, constant, dedicated, reliable, grounded, uncompromising, unyielding, tenacious, and resolute”. Some synonyms for immovable are, “stable, set, secure, anchored, settled, staunch, unflinching, unwavering, and determined”.
 
That needs to describe us. As we live in this increasingly crazy and unstable world, we, the followers of Christ, need to be steady and stable and grounded and tenacious and resolute and all of those other adjectives listed above. We need to know what we believe, why we believe it, and we need to be bold and courageous as we advocate for the cause of Christ on earth.
 
Throughout the month of April, we will consider what it looks like, and how we can be, steadfast and immovable. Paul’s words were written originally to Christians living in a different age, in a different part of the world, and under different circumstances. And yet, their challenges were not so different from ours. Paul’s call to be steadfast and immovable applies to all Christians in all places at all times, including us.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim    
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