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Biblical Studies Journal Volume 2, Number 7
August 14, 1998
The Difficulty of Steadfastness*
When Paul admonished the Corinthians to be "steadfast,
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord," he gave a commandment
not easy to obey. It is extremely difficult to continue on
a path which, though exciting and thrilling at the onset, can become tedious
and laborious as time passes on.
We are by nature a people who like change.
We don't want to eat the same food every day, or wear the same clothes
all the time, or even drive the same route to our jobs every day.
We like variation.
If a man's job calls upon
him to sort nuts and bolts eight hours a day, five days a week, he gets
tired of that monotonous
routine. In view of this, it is not difficult to see why some
would look upon Christianity as a "routine" which could become arduous
in nature. After all, we worship God continually, we thank Him for
our food at every meal, we observe the Lord's supper in the same manner
every week. Often the cry goes out for some kind of change.
"Wake me up! Excite me! Thrill me! Do something to get
me out of the sameness of this worship experience."
This is where the great word "steadfastness" comes
in . One of the definitions of the word, as given by Thayer's
Greek Lexicon, is "those who are fixed in purpose." What a great
thought! When we are fixed in purpose, what matters if we
do the same thing every week? When the Lord instructed us to remember
His death on the
first day of every week, and we have "fixed that purpose" in our hearts,
then it becomes a thrilling experience every time we do it. I pray
that the circumstances of my life will never hinder me from remembering
the Lord's death. The very thought of His having died for us is so
precious that a weekly reminder is not overdoing it for the Christian.
When the Christian can fix his purpose on the idea that Christianity
is a lifelong experience, and that he will truly offer his body as a living
sacrifice unto God, then the matter of steadfastness will become his very
* Sadly, "steadfastness"
demands definition because it is a rare commodity in this day of disposable
jobs and constant entertainment. Consider this definition, "Steadfast
... 2: firm in belief, determination, or adherence: LOYAL." This
definition was taken from Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary,
1991, Merriam-Webster, Springfield, Mass., U.S.A.
-- Gene M. Carrell
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