“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor 15:58
This word steadfast is hedraios (Greek). It means to sit, to be settled, sedentary, unmoved.
This word abounding is perusseuo. It refers to quality AND quantity. It means to superabound, to be in excess, abundant, to have enough and to spare, to increase.
This word work is ergon. It is the toil of one’s effort or occupation.
This word labor is kepos. It means a cut, toil that reduces one’s strength, labor pain, trouble, weariness.
And this word vain is kenos. It means empty.
This work that you have done, are doing, is not empty. Remain steadfast. Stay seated in Christ. No striving, He has already done it all. Just stay there, in Him, and follow His peace. If you don’t have peace, stop. Listen. Wait. Listen. Move toward peace and joy. There is an abundance of good work for you to do.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Don’t forfeit the ministry He has given you, the good works He has prepared for you to walk in, because of fear, doubt, weariness, confusion, hurt, or guilt. There is good work in your own heart and more to spare for those around you! There is an overflow of good work. An abundance. Know that this is not empty. Follow peace and know that He is leading you, you hear, and any painful toil that has cut and reduced your strength, has not been in vain. Even if it’s time to move on. It wasn’t in vain. He declares the end from the beginning. He sees what you cannot. His ways are higher. You are loved with an everlasting love.
Remain steadfast. Remain in the Lord.