I have wondered how much of our lives we spend waiting in lines. We wait in line daily. We wait in lines at the grocery store; in traffic; at fast food restaurants; at amusement parks; to get tickets for a movie or a concert. It would be interesting (if not depressing) to know how many hours/days of our lives are spent waiting in line.
There are times when lines are really a pain to us because we know we are waiting for something that really isn’t all that spectacular. Sometimes we don’t mind waiting in line if we are absolutely certain it is going to be worth it. Sometimes we aren’t sure and those lines can be so annoying. And we wonder if this waiting is really a good investment of our time, money and energy.
As Christians, we are waiting on the return of Jesus Christ or to die and to be somehow ushered into eternity. If we are going to invest our lives in following Jesus, we want to know that what we are looking forward to is worth the wait. We want to be sure it is worth denying ourselves the pleasures of this world.
Paul said in 1 Cor. 15 that it hinges on the resurrection of Jesus. He said in verse 14, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” In verse 17: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” Vs. 19 “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”