Faith

Purposeful Faith (1 Corinthians 15:58)

PURPOSEFUL FAITH
1 CORINTHIANS 15:58
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As a child, I lived on the southern coast of England. To me, a favorite summer’s day outing involved walking out the back gate and trekking four miles across the South Downs to the chalk cliffs overlooking Beachy Head Lighthouse.

 

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Beachy Head Lighthouse with Lower Chalk Cliff in the Foreground; Eastbourne, Sussex.

Over the years, I saw the lighthouse from almost every vantage point. Whether viewed from the adjacent shoreline or the cliffs above, that structure represented stability and dependability. Despite enormous waves and crashing gale-force winds, to this day a powerful beam consistently shines from Beachy Head across the English Channel. Even when engulfed in dense fog, the beacon shines without interruption accompanied by the deep resonating tone of a foghorn that put me to sleep on many winter nights.

The lighthouse provides a powerful visual concept of Paul’s admonition in today’s text:

1 CORINTHIANS 15:58 (CJB)
“So, my dear brothers, stand firm and immovable, always doing the Lord’s work as vigorously as you can, knowing that united with the Lord your efforts are not in vain.”

 

Paul informs us that the life of faith is not theoretical, but intensely practical—people of faith have purpose!

Within any given culture, however, there are forces that can distract, deter and even discourage Christians from accomplishing God’s intended purpose for their life.

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On the basis of all that God has made available to us, Paul stirs us to consistent, positive action in service for the Lord. When tempted to give up in times of adversity, he challenges us to stand firm with unfaltering perseverance. In the face of intimidating opposition, he encourages us to demonstrate an immovable faith that is unshakable and resolute.

Regardless of the circumstances, people of faith are to be energetic, vigorous and tireless in their work for the Lord because the Bible assures that whatever we do in service for Him has lasting value (cf. Gal. 6:9; Col. 3:23).

The world today is in desperate need of Christians who do more than talk the walk.

People of faith must not only be stirred to action in meeting the needs of surrounding culture, but also be characterized by an unshakable faith that can weather the inherent storms of life.

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Paul’s words in today’s text are profound and require a decisive choice. In choosing to heed his admonition, you can stand firm and be an immovable beacon of light vigorously engaged in works that have eternal significance.

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved.

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1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Beachy Head Lighthouse with Lower Chalk Cliff in the Foreground; Eastbourne, Sussex. By Kevin Walsh, UK [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios