Wednesday, October 24, 2007

1 Corinthians 15:51-58

Today's reading is an interesting one. Paul begins the reading telling the Corinthians that one does not have to die to be saved when Christ returns. Paul says those believers alive when Christ returns will be transformed immediately into their heavenly bodies. This is good news and much relief for those that happen to be alive when Christ returns. Paul then goes on to discuss heavenly bodies compared to earthly bodies. This is all very interesting reading, but the verse I would like to concentrate on today is verse 58.

Verse 58 says, "Therefore, my dear brothers, 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."

Paul reinforces the message, with verse 58, that since Christ earned our eternal lives, we should be very grateful and show our gratitude via our deeds. No Christ honoring deed is done in vain. I like this message as I feel that sometimes we hesitate to do a good deed because we do not think we will see any concrete results or receive recognition. However, I submit, that if we truly believe that Christ died and was resurrected, thus assuring us of freedom from death, that belief should affect the way we live our lives. We should not let discouragement over an apparent lack of results, or lack of earthly thanks, keep us from doing what we are called to do. If our work is good and genuine, then our work with glorify Christ and his sacrifice for us; and will have eternal rewards. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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