Your Labor Is Not In Vain – Free Scripture Memory Song of the Week


Ever feel like your work for God isn’t bearing much fruit? Ever wonder if your prayers are really accomplishing anything? Ever feel like your parenting is pretty much pointless? Ever feel like giving up?

The enemy never seems to tire of throwing his fiery darts of doubt at us, because he wants us to stop working for Christ, to stop praying, to stop serving others. But in 1 Corinthians Paul reminds us of the powerful truth that Christ has risen from the dead. Because Christ has risen, we can know that all his promises are true, that there is a heaven and that someday we will be rewarded for every deed we do in his name, no matter how small. So Paul exhorts his beloved brothers and sisters at Corinth to keep working, keep serving, keep praying because it’s not pointless. We will often see the results in this life, but even if we don’t, we’ll certainly be rewarded in heaven. Paul says:

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 CO 15:58

A while back I set this Scripture to music to help myself and others memorize this verse, to encourage myself and others to keep pressing on and keep working for the Lord. You can listen to it and download it here:

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When memorizing God’s word, in addition to listening to a Scripture Song, I write it on a 3×5 card. I read it out loud a few times every day, and before long, I have it memorized. Another helpful thing I have learned is a technique called the “Memory Palace.” I keep my note cards in piles of 5, each pile secured by a rubber band. I assign each pile of 5 to a room in my house. For example, one pile for my living room, another for the den, another for the kitchen, etc. For each Scripture I make a “picture” which I imagine somewhere in the room. For example, I remember “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me…” by picturing a large PORPOISE (purpose) on the dresser in my bedroom. I write the memory picture on the bottom of the card and where it is located in the room. I try to memorize one Scripture a week and review one or more rooms (stacks of 5) each week.

Even if you have a terrible memory, if you just read a Scripture a number of times, you will eventually memorize it. Try it!

To listen to and download other Scripture memory songs, just click on Scripture Memorization at the top.

For more Scripture Songs, visit ForeverGratefulMusic.com. You can also download Scripture Songs from CD Baby (search Mark Altrogge).

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.