The Most Pitiable
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. ~ Paul the apostle, 1 Corinthians 15:19
This verse is of course part of a discussion about those who don’t believe in resurrection, but it just stood out this morning and prompted a thought. While few professing followers of Christ (if any) would deny resurrection as a theological point, it often seems reduced to a footnote in practice. In the forefront of contemporary belief are “breakthroughs”, “miracles”, “promotions”, “victories” and other ideals and pursuits that as typically applied are more akin to “the world” than “the faith”. Are these things, which are self-centric and relevant only to “this life” really the objective of our faith? Since Christ DID in fact resurrect, is this why He resurrected?
If this is all we pray for, hope for and ultimately receive, then I agree with Paul – we are INDEED most pitiable…
My prayer is that above all else we would desire to be like Him and WITH Him… and as Paul did, let me encourage you to be “…steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” because it will yield so much more than this “corrupted” flesh in this corrupted world can ever yield.