Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV
Canada recently enacted new legislation which significantly impacts foreign ownership of Canadian residential real estate. Specifically, there is currently a two-year prohibition on non-residents acquiring residential property in Canada. “Residential property” is defined to mean real or immovable property situated in Canada that is a detached house or similar building containing not more than three dwelling units, a semi-detached house, row-house unit, residential condominium unit or other similar premises.
Human beings get weary. I’m sure you’ve noticed that. Life can often get hectic and responsibilities overwhelming. Some days we just want to pull the covers over our head and stay in bed. Or grab a nap. Or sit by a pool and do as little as possible. Add to the normal activities of life, sometimes God calls us to challenging tasks. Serving the Lord is never boring, but it can be busy. If anyone understood this, the apostle Paul did. So, he writes to encourage the believers in Corinth. In 1 Corinthians 15:58, we read “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” No matter what comes our way as we serve the Lord, we are called to stand firm in the Lord. We spoke earlier this week about God never giving an unfunded mandate – those He calls, He equips. As we walk in obedience to God’s will, we can count on His provision for everything we need to not waver in our faith and in our service for the Lord. Even when it isn’t easy, we must stand firm in the Lord.
These have been words from the heart.