Gluttony Devotional: Thursday, March 10

Ask God to open your heart, mind and soul up to His Word.

Read 1 Corinthians 15:20-34: But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? Why are we in danger every hour? I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

The Apostle Paul here in chapter 15 is making in argument for the resurrection of the dead.  His point is simply because Jesus was raised from the dead those that have a relationship with Him will be raised as well.  In verse 32 Paul is arguing that if there is no resurrection than there is no hope in life and people should just live however they want.  All of us would probably say that we believe in the resurrection, but practically we fail to live out what Paul is arguing.  Meaning, most of us live however we want without hope.  In what ways do you live that way?

How would you explain to someone that there is more to life than just “eating, drinking and being merry?”  

Pray that you will live a more hopeful life, focused on the relationship you have with Jesus, and on the eternal life that awaits you.