Many at this time are making huge sacrifices for the common good. Doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, we thank God for them. And many more, police, supermarket staff, and so on. The sacrifices these people make are for our benefit. They give up much, for the benefit of others.
Can such a thing be said for the Christian life? Is what we forfeit as we follow Christ of value? Well, according to Paul, only if there is a resurrection:
I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” (vv. 31-32)
Paul’s sacrifice makes no sense if there is no resurrection. Why give up so much for nothing, If the no resurrection makes the Christian life futile, how much more does it make futility of Christian ministry and service? If there is no resurrection, we might as well just live for today “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Of course, such a life offers no real hope in the face of death, but if there is no resurrection, then there is no hope.
But gloriously, we do live in a world where there is hope. Jesus’ resurrection, means that those who are his will be raised also. That sacrifice, in this life, makes sense, even if it is the ultimate sacrifice. Because we will live again. Easter reminds us that Jesus is the ultimate example of this, he gave up everything for us. and was raised on the third day.
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame. (v. 34)
The fool is not one who lives as if there is a resurrection but the one lives as if there are none. Today we will be called to make sacrifices in the service of God. It may simply mean staying at home to keep others safe, it may mean bearing with and forgiving family members, loving your neighbours by helping the practically. Putting yourself at risk for the sake of others. Is it worth it? It is if there is a resurrection, which there is!
At this time future is uncertain, we instinctively want to keep ourselves safe. At the moment, many of the things that we are called to do to keep ourselves safe, also keep others safe. But we should not rear risking ourselves for others, what is the worth that could happen, death which leads to life.
Heavenly Father, Thank you that trusting in you I can be confident of your resurrection life. Help me to live today in light of my future hope. Show me how I can make sacrifices for others, knowing the hope that I have, in Jesus’ Name Amen.