Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1Corinthians 15:19.
LISTEN: To be miserable is to be in a very bad shape. It means to be very sad, ill, or poor. It is to be in extreme pain, distress or woe. By our calling as christians to spread the gospel, we already have enough of pain and tribulations in the world; hence, to live just for this present life is to be eternally miserable. Though we believe in Christ, but not everyone of us believes him beyond this present world. Majority of people believe in Christ because of their quest for healing, miracle, job, etc, this is prevalent in the side of the world where I come from – Africa. People make huge investments, behave so ungodly and wicked towards others; despise the fear of God, and have no respect for human lives. To some, the so-called pleasures of this life has taken the place of God in their hearts. Other group of Christians are those who can easily give up on Christ in the face of tribulations, persecution and trials.
The Corinthians’ church shared in similar ordeals like ours when Apostle Paul admonished them not to limit their hope to this present world. He said, ” If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable ” ( 1Cor. 15:19 ). Beloved, how are you spending your life here? Are you just living to please yourself and displease God? Such lifestyle will translate to a miserable life hereafter. What life could be more miserable than a life lived just for this present world? Many people spend their time, energy, money, etc, on things that doesn’t have eternal value: they failed to realise that until they’ve used their lives and all they’ve got to serve God, they haven’t lived well. Those who will inherit a better and blissful future with God must learn to hunger for righteousness as they live here on earth. In Matthew 5:6 the scripture said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”.
Beloved, how passionate are you for God? Are you zealous and desperate for God and the things of his kingdom? Your scores on that will show whether you will be miserable in time to come or not. Let’s all with David say,”As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God!”(Psalms 42:1).
Don’t labour merely for this present Life, rather invest your time and resources on your eternal future with God.
Our Father in heaven, I ask for grace and help to spend my life in your will as I live here on earth, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection: Eternal miserableness is the reward for earthly carelessness.