We are living in a world that is full of opportunities and promises but at the same time it is also a world full of disappointments, setbacks and uncertainties. The economic ‘gurus’ have forecast that the world may be facing some tough time ahead.
The world’s economy is slowing down. Spread of diseases, socio-political unrest and civil wars in many countries are threatening our relatively peaceful existence on this planet earth. So the wisest thing is to take effective measures to protect ourselves from potential loss and destruction. Christians are not immune from times of uncertainty. The history of the Church is littered with stories of sufferings, persecutions and even martyrdom for many of her followers. In light of the looming cloud of uncertainty, how can God’s people survive? Can we still keep our faith intact? Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 gives us three poignant pointers to keep our heads up while this world is slowly drowning in the sea of chaos.
First, he reminds us of the mystery which was once hidden but is now revealed to us. Paul tells us three things about this mystery.
1. Not all Christians will “fall asleep” or die.
2. All Christians will be changed at Jesus’ second coming.
3. This change is a transformation from a perishable to an imperishable body like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.
Second, Paul assures us of the victory which God has accomplished through our Lord Jesus Christ. When we face life’s many challenges and feel like giving up, we can take courage in the victory of our Lord Jesus over life’s challenges and the ultimate enemy, death itself. Therefore we can sing, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow”!
Finally, because Jesus died and rose again, we can live without fear of life’s uncertainties or whatever the future may hold. Paul challenges us to turn our adversities into opportunities of service for our Lord Jesus Christ. At the same time, we must build our faith on Christ, our solid and firm foundation. Instead of being paralyzed by the gloom and doom around us, we should find opportunities to be a greater blessing to others. In this way, we will find our labors worthwhile, meaningful and rewarding. In the end, we will hear our Lord say, “Well done, you good and faithful servant.”
Will our Lord find us faithful and abounding in His business when He comes?
Rev. Mark Tay