1 Corinthians 15:51-58 (NLT) -
But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
There are two great encouragements from this passage: nothing we do for the Lord is useless, and God gives us victory over sin and death through Christ. To the most menial task to the grandest task, they all count as we do it to serve God. As we struggle to overcome our own sin or suffer the consequences of other’s sin, we can have victory over that.
Responding to the transmission: Let’s take these two encouragements and ponder what this means in our present circumstance. Let’s examine why we do the things that we do. Are we serving God? Let’s make our work count by doing it for the Lord. Work done because of any other motivation is useless. Then, let’s think about what it means to have victory over sin in our present circumstance. Let God show you and lead you in your thoughts. Let’s pray for victory in Christ.