IF THE DEAD ARE NOT RAISED...
IF THE DEAD ARE NOT RAISED
"Now if there is no resurrection...
why do we endanger ourselves every hour?
I die every day--I mean that, brothers--
just as surely as I glory over you in
Christ Jesus our Lord...
If the dead are not raised,
'Let us eat and drink, for
tomorrow we die.'
1 Cor. 29-32
Many of us who claim Christ live as if there is no resurrection. We live as if there is no tomorrow, and all we have is today. Many of us live as if Christ was not resurrected, never called us, and has no eternal Kingdom we are to be part of. Sadly, many of us who claim Christ are living exactly as the world lives, chasing food and drink, fun, entertainments today, instead of dying to self and living the life of danger and difficulty on the narrow road with Christ Jesus.
This is the root of the decline of our so-called "Christian subculture" in America. It has become really a copy of the world, with its own ways of entertaining itself, and its own worldly distractions. We have lost our understanding of the resurrection of Christ, and what it means.
If Christ is not raised, then we are not raised. If we do not go through the daily dying to self of being a disciple of Christ, then we will not experience resurrection power in our lives. If we do not experience Christ in us, the only hope of glory, we might as well eat, drink and party like the pagans, because we have no more than they do.
Bow before the Lord Jesus today and ask Him to reveal Himself. You will find that He points you to His example of daily dying to self, and resurrection by the power of His Spirit in your life. If you are looking to leave the world, or pagan fleshianity (that much of the Christian world revels in) and really know Christ, He will look you in the eye today and say, "Come with me to Gethsemane and Golgotha, and die to the things of this world. Then you can begin to live, then I can begin to fill you with Myself. Then can you do the will of My Father in Heaven, as I do His will."
Encourage one another today! Christ is risen, and so are we, if we cling only to Him, and don't rely on the things of religion, or of this world. He will keep us, He will bring us through. Danger and difficulty are but part and parcel of this resurrection life, and Christ within us is sufficient for all we face.