“Be steadfast”

I Corinthians 15:58  “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Years ago when “The Mickey Mouse Club” was a popular TV show, they would teach the children a new word and what it meant. This one time it was “steadfast”. He said, “Steadfast is stick-to-it-iveness”.  Like sticky pads or glue.  It does not move.  It stays in place.  Our vitamin helps us to remain “steadfast, unmoveable” always abounding in the work of the Lord.

We have heard all the clichés such as, too soon to quit; don’t stop now; keep on keeping on; be solid and others you might think of. 

What are some things that might keep us from being steadfast?  Discouragement?  Need a change?  Too tired?  Getting too busy?  We can come up with a lot of things that shake us up and cause us to waver in our Christian lives.    Excuses are real easy to come by. 

Are we steadfast in reading the Word, attending services, helping where there are areas of need, telling others about Jesus?  Not just when it is convenient but steadfastly always abounding in obedience to the Lord. 

There is another word in this verse that is startling.  Notice the word “always”.  Not only always, but “always abounding” in the work of the Lord. 

Amy Carmichael wrote a book entitled, “IF”.  “If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery; if stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge; if I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary love.”  Steadfastness will come when we learn of Calvary love.

We are to be STEADFAST, UNMOVEABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING”.  God will give us the help needed if we make this choice to be steadfast.