Resurrection: Not Good Enough

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” (1 Corinthians 15:19)

Nobody should become a Christian to give themselves a better life on Earth. Why? Because our lives on this side of heaven are still painful and awkward, especially when compared with what we were built for.

clouds350Too harsh? Listen to what Paul wrote in another letter: “The whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for . . . the redemption of our bodies.”

He’s talking about our resurrection. And then he writes, “For in this hope we were saved.” (Romans 8:22-24)

Yes, being a Christian gives power, purpose to our lives, hopefulness in hard times, joy, gladness, and great connectedness with other believers. But none of that is possible – or good enough in this pain-soaked vapor life – to make faith in Jesus worth it if there is no sinless resurrection life and body waiting for us on the other side.

Think: Do you think it’s possible to put too much hope in what God might do for us in this life and not enough hope in what he’ll definitely give to us in the resurrection?

Pray: Thank God that we do not have hope in Christ only for this life, that nobody needs to pity us because Jesus is alive.

Do: Make two quick lists: five good gifts God gives to us as his children on this side of our resurrection and five good gifts he will give to us on the other side.