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When you feel like giving up

We know that we are doing something right when we see the fruits of our labor — whether it’s fixing a car so it will run again or watching the numbers on the scale go down after sticking to a diet. It feels good to see results and know that our hard work is paying off.

In the same way, sometimes we measure our spiritual effectiveness by the results we can see here and now. The extra gas money to pick up students and bring them to church feels worth it when you watch them respond to the message and begin a relationship with Jesus.

But what do you do when the results don’t come as quickly as you had hoped? What if no one notices or you feel like you can’t do enough to make a real difference?

When we listen to God and do what He says, we can trust that we are making a difference, regardless of the outcome.

In 1 Corinthians 15:49-58, Paul reminds Christians that what we do for God matters eternally because this life is not the end. Even if we don’t see the results of our efforts now, one day God will show us how it brought Him glory.

When we listen to God and do what He says, we can trust that we are making a difference, regardless of the outcome. We can invest in the lives of others and give our time and money to those in need without needing to measure our effectiveness.

Because of the resurrection, nothing we do is in vain. Our effort on earth will have eternal results.

Reflect:

  • When have you measured your spiritual effectiveness based on results?
  • How does focusing on heaven change your perspective on what you do here on earth?
  • Have you stopped doing something God called you to do because you didn’t think it was making a difference? What can you do today to pick up where you left off?

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