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Let Us Eat and Drink, For

May 15, 2018

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Let Us Eat and Drink, For

We only have one life to live  on this earth,  so why not live it  to its fullest?     Let us get  all the gusto  we can get!     And so,  many will claim  they are having a “fun” life  as they drink themselves  into oblivion,  do drugs,  have adulterous relationships,  cheat to get rich quick,  live selfishly  for themselves only,  etc., etc.

People reason that if they don’t have “fun”  in this life,  there won’t be another chance  for pleasure  of any sort.     Their underlying reason might be  that they know  that they are headed for hell  and want to make the most  of their chances for fun now.     They have no hope  for heaven  because they don’t think they can be forgiven.     (That’s denying God’s word.)

On the other hand,  some might reason  that there is no heaven  nor hell,  so they might as well do  whatever they please now.     They are totally blind  to all the proofs  of God’s existence  and the validity  of the eternal truths  of God’s word  and His judgment.

While people were living wildly,  the apostle Paul  had a whole different life.     He diligently went about preaching  the gospel.     His whole life  after his conversion  was spent preaching.     During that time  he got no reward.     Instead,  he got beatings,  whippings,  imprisonment,  hunger,  and being hunted for the kill.     What’s the sense of it all?

Paul said it made perfect sense because — our bodies  will be resurrected.     There is a heaven  and we do have a chance  to live forever  with the Lord of lords.     In 1 Corinthians 15:32-34,  Paul put it this way,

If from human motives  I fought  with wild beasts at Ephesus,  what does it profit me?     If the dead  are not raised,  LET US EAT AND DRINK,  FOR TOMORROW WE DIE.    

Do not be deceived:  “Bad company  corrupts good morals.”     Become sober-minded  as you ought,  and stop sinning,  for some have no knowledge  of God.     I speak this  to your shame.

Back in Paul’s day  in Ephesus,  many Christians were thrown  in an arena  to be eaten by lions.     They didn’t have T.V. back then  and considered this entertainment.     Paul is telling us  that if he was living only  for his own pleasure  in this world — and then got thrown  to the lions — his death would be  of no value.     His death would get him  nowhere.     There would be no sense  to it — because he would not have gained anything  in the end.

So,  if Paul were only living  for more pleasure today,  he might as well be partying it up.     If this life  is all we have — and there is nothing more — we might as well enjoy  whatever gusto there is  in sinning.     But,  Paul was living a life  of suffering now  because our bodies are going  to be resurrected.     If we want the pleasures  of heaven,  we had better live like it  now.

And so,  Paul pleads,  “Do not be deceived:  ‘Bad company  corrupts good morals.'”     Everyone who thinks  we only have this life — and that there is no eternal resurrection  by faith  in Christ Jesus — has “no knowledge  of God”.     Most of this world is living  in corruption  because they have “no knowledge  of God”.

But — when a Christian lives  in the sins  of this world,  it is a total shame.      Christians are supposed  to have some “knowledge  of God”.     They are supposed  to realize  that there is a heaven  and a hell  and that we will all be judged.     We are not  to live like those  who have “no knowledge  of God”.     Paul sadly told the Corinthians,  “I speak this  to your shame.”

Who wants  to be ashamed  on Judgment Day?     Knowing the power  of God  to wash away all  of our sins,  we need to start living  for our Lord now.     That may require  quite a turn-around,  but it will be more than worth it  throughout all  of eternity.

As we turn  to our Lord  and walk with Him  through this life,  we say,   “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  the closer I stay  to You,  the more blessed  my walk becomes.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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