1 Corinthians 15:51-58, Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
In this first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul had to deal with a myriad of problems. There was spiritual immaturity, division, hero worship, idolatry, immorality, abuse of spiritual gifts, drunkenness, a lack of love, and even some doubting of a future resurrection of the saved.
So, in the 15th chapter, Paul deals with the resurrection of Christ, and a future resurrection of the believers. In the above passage, we find Paul’s hymn of praise. Paul is praising God and reminding the Corinthians that there is coming a day when everything on this side of eternity shall pass away and we shall enter into the presence of the Lord. It’s a good reminder for us all. It’s good to keep ever before us this one truth:
Everything on this side of eternity will one day be gone. One day, over on the other side, we will give an account and be rewarded for the LIFE that we lived, the LOVE that we shared, the SACRIFICES that we made, the RISKS that we have taken, the SUFFERING that we endured, the TEARS that we shed, and the FRUIT that we bore.
Because this is true, we should heed Paul’s admonition in 1 Corinthians 15:58:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Yes, the burdens may seem heavy now, the cost might seem too much to pay, the risk to hazardous, and the tears may be overflowing, but if we follow Paul’s admonition we can rest assured that OUR LABOUR IS NOT IN VAIN!