Do you ever feel useless?
Do you ever feel like what you are & what you do is just for nothing, means nothing anymore, has no impact, & you're just taking up space?
For those of you who are like me who feel that way sometimes, occasionally, often, regularly, or whatever, here's something Paul wrote in his first letter to the followers of Jesus in Corinth.
It comes at the end of a section that's rather long – 58 verses.
And it comes at the end of a rather long sentence.
It's just a few words – it could be almost considered an afterthought by Paul, if it didn't have such a towering impact – a truth that hits at the heart of the way many of us think most of the time.
1 Corinthians 15:58c
nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (NLT)
your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (NIV)
nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. (Message)
nothing you do for him is ever lost or ever wasted. (J B Phillips)
your work in the Lord is never wasted. (ERV)
in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)
your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose]. (Amplified)
all your labor is not for nothing when it is for God. (The Voice)