December 8, 2019
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Abiding in Christ in the Daily Grind
1 Corinthians 15:58
It has been calculated, by government statistics, that the average adult works 2087 hours/year. That means a person between the ages of 20-65, will have worked 90,360 hours. Talk about a grind, no wonder so many struggle against boredom, monotony, and restlessness as they seek ways to escape this daily grind. But must that describe the believer who is rooted, grounded, and built up in Christ? Is it as Solomon describes, “A generation goes, and a generation comes, the sun rises, and the sun goes down, all things are full of weariness, all is vanity and a striving after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:4-5, 8, 14)?
Paul writes a letter to the troubled and divided church at Corinth, and provides, throughout this chapter, absolute hope by offering the greatest resource for living above the daily grind – the resurrection. He offers to these first century believers and to us 21st century believers, the answer against our falling victim to the daily grind.
Steps toward victory:
I. The struggle within the daily grind – 1 Corinthians 15:56
II. The solution over the daily grind – 1 Corinthians 15:57
III. The strength against the daily grind – 1 Corinthians 15:58
Thoughts to apply:
1. The daily grind is a condition of fallen creation but does not define those in Christ.
2. Power over the daily grind is realized in the completed work of God.
3. Labor accomplished through abiding in Christ produces God’s fruit.