Wow! How completely amazing and inspiring is 1 Corinthians 15:51-58! How much assurance and power do we see in these verses? Not even death holds any fear or power over us anymore!
By accepting Jesus as our personal savior, and by joining with God, our mortality becomes immortality. Death merely becomes a transition from living on this physical plane to then entering through the gates of heaven.
In order to guarantee this transition we need to work for the Lord. We need to earn our right to do so. Merely accepting Jesus as our savior is only part of the process because anyone can say those words.
You have to live in accordance with the word of God, you have to labour in your efforts to please the Lord, and you have to stand firm in your belief.
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory?” Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, 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.
I am flying away to the Philippines tomorrow morning and, rather than it being simply a holiday away from the UK, much praise will be given to God. A pastor will be joining us to bless our engagement and we will go to a local church on Sunday.
At every stage of the journey I pray to God for a safe flight and I always give thanks for allowing the journey to have happened in the first place. God is at the forefront of everything I do in this life. Am I being pleasing to God?
Am I living right according to the Bible? Am I loving people in my life? Am I being a true Christian? These are hard questions to ask sometimes, after an argument, after cursing, after doing something I know was wrong, and I often ask God for guidance or forgiveness depending on what has happened.
Being a Christian is a learning process and no-one gets it spot on perfect but that’s the whole point. God knows that we are not perfect but he loves us anyway. We need to love him unconditionally and our faults, mistakes and sins will be corrected but forgiven.
God is a loving father.