1 Corinthians 15:1-11
1Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain 3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
As believers who desire to please God, we must devote our time, our energies, and our efforts for what really matters in this world; sharing God’s love and telling others about the gift of the cross.
What other purpose do we have, as followers of Christ, than this? How are we any different from the world if we are not busy doing God’s work, as the light and the salt? What is our calling if it’s not to give our best for this important mission, and Godly purpose? And how do we battle and persevere through those difficult times when the world rejects us, and we feel like giving up?
As we continue on through 2019, we should learn the importance of perseverance, especially in our faith journeys for Christ.
Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
- How does your faith sustain you during difficult times? How do you maintain your faith in Christ when the world tells you otherwise?
- What do believe is our missional calling, as believers, in this world? What is our end goal, and how does our faith relate to that purpose?
As we look to you, our exalted Lord, let us find the courage to live as you would have us to live. Give us a spiritual mind, ears, and eyes to see the truth of your glorified nature, and from that, also bless us with the strength to endure the trials of life. Let us live only for you, and for the glory of your name. Amen.