“Therefore, my beloved brothers (and sisters), be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (I Corinthians 15:58)
We just celebrated the marvelous resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We got dressed up in our “Sunday” best, gathered our family together, and headed off to one of our church’s four worship services. We lifted our voices high and sang out: “My Redeemer Lives!”
We listened as the Word of the Lord (I Thess. 4:13-18) reminded us that the resurrection provides clarity; that the resurrection promises comfort; and that the resurrection promotes confidence. We were stirred in our hearts as the Holy Spirit taught us the essence of the gospel: Christ has died – Christ has risen – Christ will come again. In this we gave thanks dedicating our lives to the coming King who will take us from this world of sin to his home in glory.
We sat with our family around the table, nourished our bodies with great food, and watched as our children played joyfully in the backyard. We marveled all afternoon that God would love us so much that he gave His greatest gift! What a tremendous day of celebration.
Now it’s Monday. It’s off to work, back to school, once again in the weekly routine of life. So what difference did yesterday make on our lives? How did Sunday impact Monday? Wednesday? Friday? Do we live with resurrection joy in our weekly meetings? While we are seated in the classroom? While we map out our weekly schedule?
Let’s remember that every day is resurrection day! Every day is a day to celebrate our life in Christ. Every day is a day to live in victory and joy. Every dayis to be impacted by the resurrection. Paul Tripp states, “The empty tomb of Jesus Christ must be the lens through which we look at and interpret all of life.”
Will you look at your job through the lens of the resurrection?
Will you look at your classes at school through the lens of the resurrection?
Will you look at your family through the lens of the resurrection?
Will you look at your church through the lens of the resurrection?
Will you look at your community through the lens of the resurrection?
Will you look at your world through the lens of the resurrection?
Will you be steadfast and immovable in your service to Christ and His church?
Will you let the power of the resurrection affect your life and every day that you live? Will you follow hard after Christ? After all, it’s not in vain. It matters. The resurrection life is the only life to live.