Short daily devotionals for the socially distanced. These are thoughts from my daily time in the word. I use a bible reading plan that will have me in a different section of Scripture every day.
I hope they serve to give you courage and hope. You can subscribe to receive them as a daily email at the bottom of the page.
Saturday, April 25th
Reading: 1 Corinthians 15-16
58 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 (ESV)
Apologies for no posts the last couple of days. It appears that I just ran out of a bit of puff. No other excuse really.
I love 1 Corinthians 15. It contains in it Paul’s summary of the gospel proclamation that people need to cling to in order to be saved. It is the essence of our belief.
That Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures.
The He was buried, very much dead.
That He was raised to life, real life.
That He appeared to more than five hundred eye witnesses who would swear all the way to their death that they saw Him.
I love how Paul roots and anchors our belief in something so tangible. This is the center point of our faith, and Paul is clear is saying that if those things aren’t literally true, then Christianity itself falls apart.
We are a resurrection centered religion.
We are a people who believe that Christ was raised, and that we too will be raised, and the manner in which that will happen and its resultant implications are the basis for the rest of the chapter that Paul writes. It is so encouraging to be reminded that we will be getting new bodies. They will be like and an unlike our current bodies.
What is perishable, will be imperishable.
What is dishonorable, will be honorable.
What is weak, will have power.
What is natural, will be spiritual.
Paul was encouraging the Corinthians with the thought that they will continue to live after they die, and that the life the live will be in new resurrection bodies. What a great thought! This flesh that has kept me captured for so long will not restrain me forever!
You would think that the logic that would flow out of this view would be that we should live it up in these bodies while we have chance. We should spend them up in pursuits of pleasure and experience!
But, Paul says, in light of the fact that you will get resurrection bodies…
be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (V58)
Friends, our lives here are temporary, and so are the bodies that we experience them in. We are getting new bodies to go with our new lives which will be in glory with our King forever. In light of that, live well. Stand firm. Do the work of the Lord. Keep up the labor. It won’t be long, and it is not in vain.