This week, we’ve looked at the resurrection of the dead. It is the central hope of the Christian faith. Without his resurrection, Jesus’ death would have accomplished nothing. With it, Jesus not only provides forgiveness for sins, but eternal life to his followers in new, glorious bodies. He is the first fruits of the resurrection. We’re just waiting for his return to receive our new bodies.
So, how should this hope affect us? Well, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “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.” (NIV)
This verse mentions two things. First, we must stand firm. In the context, he is urging us to keep our faith in Jesus and in the reality of resurrection – both Jesus’ and ours. The world tries to deceive us about the big truths. You hear it. Claims like “there is no creator, we evolved,” Or, “death is natural, there’s nothing after this life.” Don’t believe it! Stand firm in your faith!
Second, we should “give ourselves fully” in serving the Lord. What does that look like? Well, we go all in. We leave everything on the field. We hold nothing back from serving Jesus. Why? An old saying express it well. “Only what’s done for Jesus will last.”
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