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Why Your Work Is Not Useless

 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Why is this so hard to remember? Why do we work enthusiastically (as Paul says) for a little while and then get so discouraged?

I think the main problem is that we rely too much on what we see, feel, and think. Paul wasn’t reminding the Corinthian church for no reason. I’m sure they struggled with this like we all do.

It’s hard sometimes to commit our work, days, and lives to Him because secretly (or not so secretly) we want the credit and recognition. We want the world to take notice or at least the city or neighborhood. Would one little parade kill anyone?!

Being a pastor/minister can be an incredibly rewarding and incredibly isolating calling. For all the love and appreciation you feel, there is also a super-sized portion of rejection seemingly waiting around the corner. We all experience this to varying degrees, but we aren’t meant to ride the roller coaster.

We are instructed to be strong and immovable. That’s not based on fickle feelings or adrenaline when something goes well. To be strong and immovable, we have to understand why we work and whom it’s for. If I work based on feeling or motivation level or validation or whatever else,  it can cause some shaky moments of anxiety when things don’t pan out as I had hoped.

One side will leave you like a blade of tall grass in the wind. His word and presence will cause you to stand like a mountain. Which is going to remain?

When everything is committed to Him, I can be enthusiastic and optimistic; not blind to challenges or pretending everything is good, but trusting that He is faithful and the results are in His hands. That’s when I realize that nothing I do for Him is ever useless. It carries eternal significance whether I can see it or not.

Seeds get planted, plants get watered, harvest gets reaped—what you do for Him is never useless and I wanted to encourage you and me today. Continuity and consistency is available—in Him.

Every action done in faith, carried out in divine love, bears great fruit.

You’re not just spinning your tires. You’re not falling behind. You’re not wasting your life, talents, gifts, resources, or anything else as you obey Him. God has great things in store for you and me and it is never useless.

Are you maintaining your enthusiasm and staying strong? Can I pray for you in any area?


This is a reworking of a post from 2012 that I needed today. Hope it blessed you too. 🙂


  1. I can say today I am staying strong but I know not what tomorrow brings, EXCEPT, I know who hold tomorrow and when my zeal leaves and I am struggling He will be there for me, He will not abandon me, every. Thought provoking post Jason…

    • Thanks so much, Betty. 🙂

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