Madison Christian Church

Devotional – August 5, 2014

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.”

If all we believe in about  the resurrection of Jesus isn’t true – we are really pitiful according to Paul.  And he’s right.  If it’s not true it is such a waste of our energy.  If it isn’t true, there is no meaning for life except to eat, drink and have as much fun as we can until we die.  As empty as that would be, it would really be the only viable option if Christ has not been raised from the dead.  But, the great news is that Paul goes on to say in vs. 20, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead…”  His point?  Waiting is going to be well worth it!  In Gal. 6:9 he said, “…at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”