“Therefore, my dear brothers, 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.” (1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What is the therefore there for?
“I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:50–57, NIV 1987).
In the mere “twinkling of an eye” the perishable (“flesh and blood“) will become imperishable (“the mortal with immortality“). Changed. Death (“we will not all sleep“) will lose its sting. Our corruptible flesh, subject to decay and “food for the worms,” will become an incorruptible glorified body. There will be no more death. No more tears. No more wars. “Swallowed up in victory” through the death (and resurrection) of “our Lord Jesus Christ.“
“Therefore, let nothing move you.” Since death has lost its sting, what else could possibly move us? “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39, NIV 1984).
My Advice – We labor vainly for so many things in this life. But our labor for the Lord, for the life to come, is not in vain. “Stand firm!“