Read I Corinthians 15
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. (v14)
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (v57)
This place we live is not the end all be all of life itself. What we have and how we live right now, will someday soon pass away. And all we will have is the forever in which God now resides. One day these bodies will give way to their final breaths, we will succumb to death’s reach, and each one of us will find ourselves on the other side of eternity.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (v22)
If we have believed God for His message of salvation, the Word made flesh Who slayed death and sin on our behalf, then we will find ourselves forever in the presence of God himself. Living. The perishable now imperishable. The temporal now eternal.
For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (v52)
And this changes how we live in the now.
Therefore, 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. (v58)
Jesus Christ rose victorious from that tomb in the garden, and now He lives. Because He live, we live altogether differently. Now you and I have a purpose that reaches far past next year and through the generations to come. Because He lives, we have a focus that sees beyond the sight of our eyes.
Because Jesus Christ lives, because He conquered death, we are on an altogether different timeline. It’s a timeless timeline. And the only stuff that matters is His stuff. The only work that makes any difference is the work that leads to His Kingdom of forever.
So we die to ourselves and this timeline because He has given us new life in the eternal timeline of God’s Kingdom. And that is what we live for. Fully given to His work. Unafraid of opposition. Undaunted by death. For it can no longer touch us. Because He lives.