“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
I Corinthians 15:50-58 NKJV
There is much that will be happening in the coming days, weeks, months, and perhaps, years. The world and all those who inhabit it will be tried to the nth degree, and there will be little that stands today that will stand at the end of the age. The corruption of this age will come to completion and Jesus will return to bring something completely new.
With each waking morning, I am greeted by the reality of corruption as my body creaks and strains against itself, causing great pain throughout. There is no abating, no retreat, as entropy advances regardless of what measure I may seek to take to resist.
Reading I Corinthians chapter fifteen was of great refreshment for me, as I was reminded that I serve a God who has over come all this corruption, and has provided through Himself an avenue of escape. When sin entered the world through Adam, so did corruption and death. But through Jesus going to cross, and paying for the sins of the world, there is opportunity for new live.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV
Because of the Gospel, I have a hope of greater things, of a reclamation of what is withering. This body, so worn and depleted, will take on incorruption and I will be changed. The change that has already begun and advanced within me, will one day shine forth on the outside, forever reflecting the glory of God.
Brothers and sisters, especially those like me who are seasoned saints, let us rejoice boldly and publicly of the what the Lord’s doing. Even as our bodies are growing old, we are being made new within, for the corruptible is already taking on the incorruptible.
I tell you the truth, I have suffered greatly over the last twenty years, as the Lord has delivered me through cancer, kidney failure, kidney transplant and challenges to my mobility. Along the way, I was shut in away from humanity due to having no immune system, as a plague swept the world.
But still I rejoiced, and still I knew that my God was with me. The pain and suffering have served as a gateway to experiencing grace far beyond what I would ever have been able to comprehend had I not suffered. I have been given the utmost gift from our Lord, as He has given me fellowship.
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:7-11 NKJV
The resurrection from the dead.
It is my greatest desire to serve my Lord into eternity. I hope I am one of those chosen to rule and reign with Jesus.
Let us keep focused on serving the Lord, and being mindful that glory is coming. The world will grow darker, but we know that the Light is coming. I know that Jesus is faithful. He has carried me day by day, and He paid the ultimate ate price the I could be saved and changed.
Let us have heart of Paul, pressing on to finish the race, even as our bodies suffer and even as the opposing forces beat against us.
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
II Timothy 4:6-8 NKJV
Have a Fabulous Friday!