November 5 (1 Corinthians 15:19)
If in Christ we have hope in
this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Does God help us in our daily struggles? He most certainly does, and it is Jesus Himself who teaches us in the Lord’s Prayer to ask our Father for our daily bread, but there is much more to Jesus and His work than that. Too often we treat Jesus as little more than a genie in a bottle, a cosmic magician to make all the bad stuff go away or a divine Santa Claus to give us the stuff we want.
If this is the be-all, end-all of our faith, than our faith is pretty shallow indeed. Our hope in Jesus is not merely that He will help us get through the day, although we do hope that, but that we will be raised to new, eternal life with Him after we have died. And yes, friends, we are going to die. It may be easy to forget that or not to think about it in the modern world where countless painkillers line the shelves of the store and we have sufficiently tamed the forces of nature to live comfortably most of the time, but we will die, and our hope in Jesus is for resurrection.
Isn’t that thought amazing? Doesn’t it pull your head up from the stack of bills to be paid, the homework to be done, and all the frantic getting and spending that consumes our lives? You can live forever along with and by the power of the resurrected Jesus Christ. That is the true center of our hope and faith.
Jesus, You have blessed us beyond measure with the gift of eternal life. Forgive me when I am interested in You only for what You can do for me right now. You truly are much more to me than that. May the promise of life forever with You be the center of my faith and therefore of my life. Amen.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins