…If the dead are not raised, LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE.
– 1 Corinthians 15:32 (all caps quoting Isaiah 22:13)
As Paul made a point in the passage we read yesterday, so he makes it again in this sentence: the point being that without the resurrection, we might as well act godlessly.
The godless act like the children at school who forget that they have to go home with a report card one day. Yes, one day we all go home…and what will our report card say? Will we be eager to go home because our report card will show grades worth smiling about, or will we dread going home because our grades will be so bad?
As Paul wrote elsewhere:
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
– 1 Timothy 6:7
In this life, we are like a baby in the womb. We are alive but everything is dark. We can only grope around in that dark. The life to come is like being birthed out of our mother’s womb. We will see light…and begin to live a much more “lively” life!
As Paul also says:
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
– 2 Corinthians 4:16
Daily anticipating the life to come, we are renewed inwardly. Hope has a permanent reason to reside in our hearts. We are not so heavenly-minded as to be no earthly good; on the contrary, we are sufficiently heavenly-minded to know that doing good is the best activity in which an earthly person can engage.
As Paul goes on to say:
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
– 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Since life in heaven is permanent and everything here on earth is temporary, how then should we conduct ourselves on earth? As if we know for sure that one day we’re going home with a report card in hand.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, You have made us aware of our immortality so that we can live our lives here on earth accordingly – one day at a time…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)