Looking for more? (I Corinthians 15)

19 If in Christ we have hope[b] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. I Corinthians 15:19

There he stood with just the clothes on his back and a backpack filled with useless trinkets from the many places where he had wasted his life with a mad search for purpose.  I wanted to know more about his life so I stopped and asked, “How would you describe your life?” His response was not what I expected. He said, “I have had a lot of fun and I have had to answer to no one.”  He then paused for a moment of reflection.  Next he said, “but I sometimes wonder, was my life supposed to be different?”

I believe the Apostle Paul understood this man’s viewpoint.  On the day Jesus opened his heart and mind, Acts 9, Paul began to live the more viewpoint.  He wrote to the Corinthians these words:

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 

Paul lived His life with gospel significance.

Brothers and sisters we live in a world where people are quickly wasting their lives on dead agendas.  Paul teaches us of the powerful eternal importance of Christ’s work on our behalf.  He lived, died, and rose again for our salvation.

It is so true that our world is a mixed up place where wars are on every side.  These wars are covered under the battle flag’s of equal rights, free speech, and political agendas.  Despite all the effort men still end each day miserable.  This happens because of the hopeless agenda of a fallen world.

Paul wrote, “If this life is all there is, we are to be pitied!”

I Corinthians 15 awakens us to all that we have now and all that we have to look forward to in Christ!!!  Because of what we have to look forward too we are able to stand firm in the battles of this life (15:57-58).  We are able to abound in the blessing and beauty of the gospel.

Maybe you find yourself in that place where you seem to be like the guy at the beginning of the blog.  You have a bad full of trinkets from all the places where you have been, but nothing satisfies your soul. If so, I challenge you to find your joy in Jesus!!!   He alone gives you live, a life to live, and a life to look forward too.

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