Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
2 Corinthians 15:58
It takes a lot to keep standing. Now that I’m turning 24 years old, I realize that some of the things that were easy when I was younger just started to be hard. That includes standing for long periods of time.I was never a runner, but I sure can stand. I can stand for 10 hours straight without complaining about cramps. I just shift my weight from one foot to the other occasionally and I’m all set. That was 3 years ago.
Now, I have to be mentally and physically prepared to last 4 hours. Then, I have to be ready for all the knee cramps and body ache that are sure to come after. It’s really hard to stand.
Standing amidst opposition is exponentially harder. Just ask any defensive lineman and they’ll tell you how hard it is. Going against pressure from all sides which try to weigh you down, push you around, or pull you back will make a feat and impossibility.
That’s why Paul had to emphasize this. Standing firm takes effort. And just like American football, it has 2 aspects.
- Defense.“Let nothing move you.” My good ol’ basketball coach said this cheesy tag line before. And though the way he said it was more out of duty than with conviction, I still agree with him. Defense is the best form of offense. That’s the same in our walk with Christ. The first thing we have to do is to make sure not to let anything move us. This is all about preparation. You have to expect opposition. Anticipate it. Be ready to stand your ground.
- Offense. “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord…” It doesn’t stop with struggling to survive. We have to see everything that we do as a part of a greater and grander cause. What does “the work of the Lord” cover? The answer to that is simple. EVERYTHING. Every chance we have, every choice we make, every opportunity to excel is the work of the Lord.
It is a grand grand thing to be able to say that we are still standing after everything that life throws at us. Let’s not miss an opportunity to glorify God with our lives.
We all know that life has ups and downs. And even if we want to be on top all the time, that’s an impossibility. More than how high our peak is, we have to make sure that we finish strong.
It’s not about who stands the tallest.
It’s about who remains standing ’til the end.
And that’s my two cents on that.