8 for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord (1 Thessalonians 3).
For Paul, life itself held the greatest meaning when those he preached the gospel to, stood firm in it. And it wasn’t as if he considered these people as simply notches added to the gospel gun fired at them. No, it was not about Paul, it was about the Lord. They were not standing firm in him, they were standing firm “in the Lord.” Their faith and their hope were in Christ, not Paul.
It is also important to understand that this standing firm was not in the midst of ease, but of trouble. For, one can prove they are really standing “firm” only when a strong wind is blowing against them. Without the wind, standing is … well … simply standing.
Lord, help us This Day to stand firm in You. Amen.