Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
— 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Throughout our lives we sit and wonder what may come next and many times we are passive when it comes to our life happenings. We aren’t proactive in getting our work done, we aren’t proactive when parenting, instead most of the time we either just liet life happen or we are reactive to our situations. 

However, God has called us to be sons and daughters of light and to truly accomplish that we must be active in our pursuit of Christ. 

The whole of 1 Corinthians, as we saw from Pastor Mike’s preaching, was about evidences for the Resurrection of Christ. For the Apostle Paul to be able to sarcastically cry out to death (verse 55), he had to know that death had been conquered through our living Savior (verse 57). So if death is defeated then we can live new life in Christ!

So what is this about tauting death? Now, what I don’t mean is trying to cheat death by constantly pursuing pleasures that will invariably lead to a high probability of death as depicted in the title picture.  Just becasue we know that our fate is secure in Christ doesn't mean that we aren't to be good stewards of our bodies. What I do mean is that we can live our life in every way pleasing to God in Christ knowing that our ultimate joy is found in Him and nothing else!

Some very practical ways to live this out could be:

  • Working hard at our jobs because work is ordained by God, we are not to “work for the weekend.”
  • Being fervent in our sharing of God’s great gospel to all those around us.
  • Urgency in community, not willing to settle for shallow conversations on Sunday mornings and in our growth groups but rather confessing our sins to one another and just living life together. 

As created beings we have a responsibilty towards our creator to worship. This life isn’t meant to be lived narcissitically within our own self-created world. NO! This life that we live in Christ is meant to be lived with a Godward focus.

If death is victory in Christ (and it is), then we should not live in fear of life anymore.

Let go of whatever may be holding you back today. "Every vessel that is cast into this ocean of happiness is full, though there are some vessels far larger than others; and there shall be no such thing as envy in heaven, but perfect love shall reign throughout the whole society" Jonathan Edwards.

Church, our apprehensions about the Christian life are merely stunting the growth of our happiness, stunting our joy! We must no longer fear death, but know it as our victory in Christ. We must no longer fear opposition in this life, nor should we fear that if we actively pursue Christ that true joy will elude us now and forever.  Let us grow our joy vessels and live as disciples in Christ.