The hope resurrection provides
And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all. 1 Corinthians 15:30-34
Paul cited that a society that does not know God has a philosophy of “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” It seems that this pervading attitude is exciting and adventurous. Yet, such kind of mentality will lead to hopelessness and death. Once we surrender our lives to God, we will realize that life is set to take on a different direction. This new life is one that is dedicated in pursuing what pleases God. What gave Paul hope was the assurance of resurrection. He now has the assurance that what the Lord Jesus Christ had promised will all come to fruition. With God’s promise is the coming judgment. He was quoting a passage from Isaiah as a rebuke to those who will not take seriously God’s word. “You feast on meat and drink wine. You say, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” (Isaiah 22:13). Paul’s conviction is to live his life for God for once he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior he belonged to Him. “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Source of joy and adventure is no longer found on what the world provides. Genuine experience of satisfaction is found in a growing deeper relationship with God. Such relationship provides purpose of life at present and an assured hope for the future. But there’s a warning that every believer should take heed; “bad company corrupts good character.” You can overcome the temptation to be swayed by wrong influences or teachings if you will pursue knowing Him more. Do not take for granted what Christ did for you on the cross so you can obtain new life. When you pursue growing in your relationship with God, you grow in your faith in Him. Once you have your hope fixed on the future hope of resurrection, you will be motivated to live a life set aside for His glory. “...he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).