Daily Devotion Wednesday, October 23

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Psalm 87; Lamentations 2:8-15 or Jeremiah 41:4-18
1 Corinthians 15:51-58 and Matthew 12:1-14

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 – 51Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:

 “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55  “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

This morning I find myself thinking of all my loved ones whom I have known and now are gone; my grandparents (a grandmother I never knew), my parents, an aunt and an uncle, many church members. Each has received the gift of imperishability; each has received the gift of immortality. Thanks be to God for this gift given through Jesus Christ.

So, what’s my response to this gift promised even unto me? I’ll strive to be steadfast, immovable and excel in the work of the Lord.

What is the work of the Lord? I will love God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength and to love my neighbor as I love myself. I will put God first in my life and trust in all God’s promises. I will share God’s love with others.

I give thanks for the gift of eternal life that has been promised unto us. Because of this promise I do not have to fear death for it has been swallowed up in victory. Christ died. Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55  “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Live today confident of this gift promised unto all who believe and trust in Christ.

O God, thanks be to you for the promise of eternal life. I give thanks for the faith of my parents and grandparents, aunt and uncle. I trust they do abide with you this very day. Today, help me love you and serve you through all I think say and do. Thank you for this time of relaxation and renewal. Amen.

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