Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Resurrection-Celebrating New Life in Christ
“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”(V.22)
The philosopher Socrates once said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” Every time I read this quote, I find it to be a helpful reminder in my life. Sometimes we get caught up in the “busyness” of life, and therefore do not spend enough time in reflection about whether we are fulfilling our true purpose in life. We have to guard against this busyness, because it can consume us and conceal life’s meaning and purpose.
This devotion is based on I Corinthians chapter 15, verses 20-28, and in this portion, Apostle Paul provides his readers with the hope of new life through Jesus Christ. In chapter 15, Paul discusses the resurrection of Christ, the fact that it is linked to the resurrection from death for all believers, and his triumph over death.
An important point, is the way that Paul contrasts the results we would have under Adam to the results under Christ; mortality to immortality, sinfulness to purity, despair to hope. Through the simple statement “for as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive”, we become focused upon the reality that without Christ we are not alive. Through Adam, we are led down the path of false hope, focusing on worldly goals and temptations. We willingly live lives that are just mere “husks” of what we are meant to be!
Christ’s own resurrection provides us hope for life eternal, and it also represents the first fruits of those that have fallen asleep. In the Old Testament, the first fruits were offerings by believers; these offerings were dedicated to God in recognition of His faithfulness for providing the necessities of life. The first fruits are offered as the first bundle of the coming harvest. Not only do we gain life through Christ, but his resurrection is an indication of the complete harvest that is yet to come. It is an indication of the resurrection and eternal life that is available to us, since Christ has conquered death.
Therefore brothers and sisters, what are we to do with our lives? Paul ends I Corinthians chapter 15 by stating, “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 underlines the importance of giving ourselves “fully” to the work of the Lord. Our role in the world is to be immersed in the work of the Lord, while constantly knowing that we are not “of” the world. It is through this focus on the work of the Lord that we are able to avoid the “busyness” of life, and instead unlock the purpose of the life we are meant to lead.
Prayer: “Our Father, we thank You for Your Son, and for his resurrection and victory over death. Through Christ, we have been given new life, and everlasting hope. We are grateful for this gift, and ask that we might also give our first fruits to You. This we ask in Your name, Amen.”
Thought for the day: Sin separates us from God but the empty tomb tells us that the one who died on the cross and rose again for us has forgiven our sins.
Charles. V. Abraham, St Johns MTC, New York