The book of 1 Corinthians is a letter from Paul to the church in Corinth addressing truth that stabilize us for overcoming earthly pressures, lies, and sin. Just for fun, let’s review a few points from Paul’s letter:
- The full structure of the Church working in love and spiritual gifts
- The power of the Gospel for salvation and healing
- Value of holiness
- Moral issues of life
- Dangers of idolatry
- The beauty of worship
- The resurrection of the dead
That’s a packed letter full of goodness and a solid, healthy foundation!
Lately I’ve been focusing and mediating on 1 Corinthians 15:58 and 1 Timothy 1:5 specific to the work and mission of Bridgehaven. Questions come to mind when evaluating the truth of these verses. I ask myself and allow Holy Spirit to explore with me: Am I being productive in laboring and being on mission with Jesus in this season? How can I be more productive, firm, stable, enduring while coming out of this season? What’s the condition of love formed in me, purity of my heart, conscious and faith?
So now, beloved ones, stand firm, stable, and enduring. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures. (1 Corinthians 15: 58 TPT)
For we reach the goal of fulfilling all the commandments when we love others deeply with a pure heart, a clean conscience, and sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5)
Mission is an important goal or purpose that is accompanied by strong conviction. Bible Hub shares more depth of the definition of mission: “An organization for worship and work, dependent on one or more churches.” Or: “Persons sent; any number of persons appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy.”
Labor in the Greek is described along with pains, trouble, weariness, and toil.
Productive is achieving or producing a significant amount or result.
During this last month, I have been driven and tested by reflection, repentance, heart- and thought-examination, and seeking Jesus. I don’t want to come out of this season the same. I want to be changed and allow the confident work of Jesus to bring enduring and productive fruit in my life. Oh, the surrender to the pruning of the Vinedresser. The trimming away of thoughts and motives that are no longer valid or helpful. Leaves are cut that once provided comfort, but will more leaves need to grow to provide for the need?
Typical of a Midwest farming attribute, I love to see earned results. I value productive results. I admire those who put their heart, life, and energy into a righteous mission that has a solid foundation built with Jesus. On this solid foundation, a freedom and grace allow a holy and pure work to build up people into maturity and wholeness; they become the sent ones to others in need. I encourage you to take this opportunity to allow the Word and quiet time with Holy Spirit to cleanse, firmly plant you, and prepare you for the next fruitful adventure He has dreamed and purposed for you! Your mission awaits you with stability, sincere faith, clear conscience, and enduring fruit for the Kingdom!
I pray 1 Timothy 1:5 and 1 Corinthians 15:58 over us.