Standing In The Lord

By Skip Toomaloo
Feb 27, 2012

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58

The Bible is a book of encouragement and spiritual strength. It is a history to be sure and for believers it is the only guide needed to ensure we are doing right in our interactions with fellow men.

The “work” of the Lord is the salvation of souls. We are admonished to testify of the things we have been taught from God’s word. The Apostles took their commission seriously enough to forsake the treasures of the world to bring the Gospel of Christ to unbelievers. They were chastised, imprisoned and martyred for their work.

The examples of scripture are plain. When confronted by men who believed they knew better than God, the Apostles remained “steadfast” and quite “unmovable” in what they knew to be true. They were the men who had “touched”; whose hands had “handled” the Son of God. They were witnesses of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. How could they not want to share this valuable testimony that could lead to eternal life to “all who believed”?

Those of us who have called out in faith to be accepted into the family of God understand the legacy that has been handed to us by the Holy Spirit. The unbelieving world does not understand nor will it ever fully comprehend because it rejects the testimony of God.

We have been witnesses too of recent attempts to discourage displays of faith in public venues. Atheists hate (a strong word but true), manger scenes and signs that speak of “Christmas”. Atheists have been quite indelicate recently; suing anyone daring to openly display love for Jesus because they feel “uncomfortable” and they feel “left out”.

I believe there is a very good reason for that lack of comfort. The Spirit of God is called “Comforter” and for those of us who are sealed in the Spirit, we know what that is all about. Unbelievers have no spiritual comfort from which to draw upon. By their own choice they are left out of the majority of humanity who claim some form of religious faith.

Please do not misunderstand. I would never advocate religion. Religion is man’s law, man’s desire for control, man’s desire for personal fame. Most religionists wear their robes, sing their hymns and sell their books for personal promotion. That is not faith. That is simply charlatanism. True faith may walk into a church, mosque or temple but true faith is that which is looking solely at the Lord; independent of any intermediary. True faith demands: “Come out from among them and be ye separate!”

This Christmas you should consider yourself. No. I am not asking you to be selfish. I am asking you to square yourself with your professed faith. Is Jesus Lord? That is a simple question, but if the answer is not immediate, meaningful and true it may be time for reevaluation. If you are straight in your relationship with the True God then spiritual comfort will surely follow. You will not feel left out.

“Brethren” we do not labor in vain. The Atheist has no standing. He may have opinions. He may be obnoxious, rude and even hostile. No matter. They admit they are “uncomfortable”. This is God; reminding even the Atheist that He is there and that they should be paying attention.

Merry Christmas to all; may God continually bless our work in the coming New Year.


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