If I could do it, I would. And I get really jealous of those who can.
I tried it once and did pretty well for a while, but in a moment of flurry on a crowded tram my beautiful iPhone was brushed from my protective grip and hurled to the floor.
As I held her in my arms a tear ran down my cheek and I realised I wasn’t the kind of person who could own an iPhone without a protective case or screen protector!
Since that tragic event I’ve forfeited the pure beauty of the iPhone for the benefit of added protection, so I now live free from the burden of keeping my phone safe and can get on with using it to improve my life!
Just as with my iPhone there are two ways we can live. One way is to live in fear, driven by our primary goal of preserving or extending life rather than actually living it. On the other hand as we are released from the goal of preservation, we are free get on with doing everything we’ve been created to accomplish!
Paul lays an important foundation to argue the point that we can live free in this life knowing that the substance of our hope lies in the next:
‘For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day’ – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV)
Paul makes it clear that we don’t have to put pressure on ourselves to have all our hopes and dreams fulfilled in this life. He encourages us to gain an eternal perspective, knowing that even if we are brushed from the grip of this life it’s not the end. We have a kind of ‘life insurance’ or ‘protective cover’ that gives us confidence to live free!
‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” … But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ’ – 1 Corinthians 15:55,57 (NIV)
Paul’s conclusion is that nothing we do is ever wasted. What we do here counts for eternity, so he encourages us not to pull back in fear but to give everything we have:
‘Therefore… stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain’ (15:58)