Do We Do Now?
Rev. Thurman Williams
Pastor, New Song Community Church
15:58 "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let
nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work
of the Lord, because you know your labor in the Lord is
not in vain."
In the midst of a very difficult time in our community, many people are
asking, “What do we do now?” It’s a valid question, given
the tragedies we’ve experienced recently. But thankfully,
though it is a valid question, it is not a new question.
The key for us is looking to the Only One who provides the
adequate answers: Almighty God.
One place we may look to find
answers to the question, “What do we do?” is in Paul’s 1st
letter to the Corinthians. This letter was written to
people a lot like us, facing difficulties both from within
their community and from outside it. Paul spent a lengthy
chapter talking about the doctrine of the resurrection of
Jesus Christ and then ended that chapter with some very
practical and helpful guidance on how to live out the
reality of this doctrine.
He told them first of all to
“stand firm.” That is what we must do right now, stand
firm. But what did he mean? Stand firm on what? Stand firm
on the unshakeable foundation of Jesus Christ. Jesus said
Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no
one comes to the Father but through me.” One of His
disciples wrote of Him, “Salvation is found in no one
else, for there is no other name under heaven whereby we
must be saved.” Any other foundation we choose to stand on
will not stand, especially in times like we are facing
now. Stand firm on the sure foundation of Jesus. Secondly,
Paul told them to “let nothing move you.” What that said
to them, and says to us, is do not move off of that sure
foundation. It is especially easy to be moved when we face
things we do not understand or cannot explain. But let
nothing move you from that foundation of Jesus Christ.
Finally, Paul told them to “always give themselves fully
to the work of the Lord.” In difficult times, it is easy
to wonder if what we are doing is really making a
difference or having an impact. But keep on giving
yourself fully to the work of the Lord. Why? Paul says,
“because your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” What a
promise! Our labor, in the Lord, on behalf of our
community, is not in vain! It matters. It is making an
eternal investment that will reap benefits we might never
All of that sounds nice, but
where do we find the power to do that? From the
Unshakeable Jesus Christ. Jesus stood firm in living a
perfect life and going to the cross to pay the debt for
sinners, like me and you. Jesus let nothing move Him from
the task God had called Him to, winning our salvation. And
Jesus gave Himself fully to God’s work because He knew His
labor in the Lord was not in vain. When you’re tired, go
to Him! When you’re not tired, go to Him! This is where we
will find the power to keep going. What do we do now?
God’s Word provides the answer.