1 Corinthians 15:50-58
50 Brothers and sisters, here is what I’m telling you. Bodies made of flesh and blood can’t share in the kingdom of God. And what dies can’t share in what never dies. 51 Listen! I am telling you a mystery. We will not all die. But we will all be changed. 52 That will happen in a flash, as quickly as you can wink an eye. It will happen when the last trumpet sounds. The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever. And we will be changed. 53 Our natural bodies don’t last forever. They must be dressed with what does last forever. What dies must be dressed with what does not die. 54 In fact, that is going to happen. What does not last will be dressed with what lasts forever. What dies will be dressed with what does not die. Then what is written will come true. It says, “Death has been swallowed up. It has lost the battle.” (Isaiah 25:8) 55 “Death, where is the battle you thought you were winning? Death, where is your sting?” (Hosea 13:14) 56 The sting of death is sin. And the power of sin is the law. 57 But let us give thanks to God! He wins the battle for us because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done. 58 My dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Don’t let anything move you. Always give yourselves completely to the work of the Lord. Because you belong to the Lord, you know that your work is not worthless.
I love this passage of scripture – it fills me with so much hope. For those of us who are believers in Christ, death has lost its sting and holds no victory over us.
A few years ago I had the privilege of being present at the bedside as my Dad walked through death’s door into eternity. My Dad’s faith gave him and my whole family incredible peace and hope that we will one day be reunited.
And then the last verse in this passage gives us hope for the present. “Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, for you know that your labour is not in vain”.
There have been times when I have felt like my labour is in vain. When something I’ve worked on doesn’t go to plan. When I wonder if what I am doing is really making a difference in anyone’s life.
This verse encourages me to keep going. To keep giving myself fully to whatever the Lord has for me to do right now -whether I can see ‘results’ or not. God has promised that my labour is not in vain. I believe that when we get to heaven we will be surprised to find out the difference our obedience to God has made in this life.
Lord, thank you for Your hope – both now and in the life beyond this earth. Help me to stand firm and to keep giving myself fully to your work, knowing that in You nothing is wasted.
Written by Shelley Witt