S is for Steadfastness

“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.” I Corinthians 15:58

The last letter for the word focus is the letter ‘s’ standing for one possessing steadfastness. The one who possesses this does not change, is fixed in place, and is firm in belief. For the believer, these definitions must be engrained in the belief system of following Jesus.  

When one decides to enter into an exercise program, the mind has to be fixed in being a willing participant. Firmly grasping the desire to exercise and get in shape is their one and only reason for doing it in the first place. Therefore, commitment is key for this process to be effective, and understanding that time and effort is needed on a daily basis will make the person successful. The same holds true for the believer on the faith path.  

Just as work is needed for the exercise plan, work is needed for being steadfast in the faith.  Being unmoveable doesn’t necessarily mean being immobile. It does that mean that the faith level has to be constant in what God says and directs, causing the one who believes to determine that there will be no mental “tossing to and fro’, and carried about with every wind of doctrine,” as stated in Ephesians 4:14. Like the one who has a plan for exercising, the believer must determine that no matter what, they must know in whom they believe, relying on faith to carry them through, whatever the challenge. The movement, then, is the mobility to read God’s word, pray for help, with the immobility of being firmly fixed in believing God will supply the strength for victory.

Whether it is the results from exercising and eating healthy, or more importantly the decision to follow Christ in the faith journey, when all is said and done, the work (labor) it takes to accomplish the goal will not be in vain. The results of both will be amazing when one believes it to be so by embracing the essence of the word FOCUS… 

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