I Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
In our ministry theme verse for 2019, we see a logical continuum in the progression of the middle part of this text. The first word “stedfast” literally means immovable because you are firmly planted and fixed on a foundation. If we are truly fixed on anything, we will not move from it or shift on it. The next word is “unmoveable” as in not movable. Logically, if we are immovable than we will be fully convinced in our firm beliefs and we will be understandably “unmoveable.” Therefore, if we are “unmoveable” because we are immovable or “stedfast”, then we will also “always abound” in what we are “stedfast” about. The reality of this theology is very practical in daily life. We live in a time in history in our world, our nation, and our churches in which people, beliefs, and long held positions of right and wrong are constantly in flux. If we are going to bring stability into our lives, our families, and our churches, we must not look to the world or to our political leaders for help. We must rather look for stability and firmness of beliefs to the Lord and to His Word that is unchanging. When we are steadfast in our belief about life being a gift from God, then we will be unwavering and unmovable in our commitment to stand up and speak out for the innocent unborn that have no voice to be heard. If we are convinced from the unchanging truth of the Bible about biblical marriage and sacred sexuality, then we will be unmovable in our conviction about abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage, as well. These unwavering convictions will automatically cut down on the divorce rate of our marriages. If we are fully committed to fiscal responsibility, then we will be unwavering on being careful to avoid debt and fully committed to paying any debt off and doing our best to put some money away for future use. It will also make us be committed to earning a living instead of living off of the earnings of others that far too many are perfectly content to do in our current society. This reality will help us not to be so shaky in our theological beliefs, and it will also help us be fully and faithfully committed to the church of God that fits our beliefs and helping it to be faithful to the Lord, His Word, and His commission until He comes for us.