“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
It has been said that God is not looking for Christians who can run fast; He is looking for Christians who can stand fast. He is looking for those who can stand true and remain faithful even when the battle is over and the smoke has cleared.
In my opinion, we do not realize what it is that God truly desires from us. God is not looking for Christians who can do spiritual cartwheels, jump pews, swing from chandeliers, or do any number of other things. Not that any of those things are wrong in themselves. However, God is looking for people who will stand firm and stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ.
A great example of this is found in Daniel 3 which tells the story of three brave young men named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. These three boys loved the God wholeheartedly. It came to pass that a law was passed that all citizens would have to bow down and worship a golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar. These three young men did not initiate a violent demonstration. They did not even carry out an intense protest. What they did, however, was far more successful. When everyone else bowed down, they stood up. However, because they took a stand for God, war was waged against them.
Some Christians are afraid to take a stand because they have the mentality, “Well, if I stand for the Lord, I’ll make enemies.” And that is certainly true. However, true Christian soldiers are willing to take a daring stand instead of making a habit of straddling the fence.
There is only one of two things a soldier can do when the fight becomes intense. He can advance or retreat. The only reason a soldier ever retreats is out of fear. However, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). If you will go back and look over this armor, you will find there is not one piece of armor for the back of a Christian. Now why is that? Because God’s soldiers are never to run from the devil; they are to resist the devil.
“Gentleman Jim” Corbett was an Irish-American heavyweight boxing champion who held the title for five years at the end of the nineteenth century and is best known as the only man who ever defeated the great John L. Sullivan..
He once said, “Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round-remembering that the man who fights one more round is never whipped.”
Let me encourage you to always fight one more round! On Calvary’s cross, God stood between you and your sin. Why do you doubt that He can also stand between you and your circumstances? If you have faith that He has brought you up out of sin, why can’t you have faith that He can safely keep that which you’ve committed to Him, and carry you through to journey’s end?
When disappointment occurs, we must try again. When we are knocked down, we must get back up. When we fall behind in the race we must continue the race to obtain the prize. Regardless of how tall our opposition is, we must resist the devil and not waver in our service to God. We must complete the challenge issued by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58 when he stated, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”