Tuesday – Equal Pay
Being a sinner qualifies us for a wage. No matter how hard we work, how good we are, how bad we are, how small, how old, how rich, or how poor, we all earn the same wage due to sin. That wage is death. Realizing this should cause us to look for a different job! When we come to realize that the minute we are born we are moving toward death’s door, it should drive us to our knees before the God who provided another way for us.
For the unsaved, sin’s wage of death ends the chance to accept God’s gracious offer of salvation. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). For the saved, sin’s wage of death ushers us into the presence of Christ: “To be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23). So real is the promise of the believer’s resurrection that the physical death of a Christian is called “sleep” (1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians 5:10). We look forward to that time when “there shall be no more death” (Revelation 21:4).
51 Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. 53 For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. 54 When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory. 55 Where, death, is your victory? Where, death, is your sting? 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
– 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 (CSB)
Read More: Romans 6:23; Hosea 13:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
Prayer Focus: Lord, help me to celebrate life today as a believer, because the sting of death and the curse of sin has been taken away through Jesus Christ.
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