posted Mar 15, 2011, 1:47 PM by Dale Barnes   [ updated Mar 15, 2011, 4:53 PM ]
“Therefore, my dear brothers, 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.” (I Co.15:58 NIV)

Recently, as I was looking through sympathy cards in a local store, I noticed the message of almost all the cards, was centered around “memories;” that which had taken place in the life of the one who had passed on.  There was an obvious void concerning the future.  Of course, remembering the life lived by that special person is commendable, and can be a source of comfort . What of the future?
What about the life to come?  Is there something we can look forward to? 

The Bible is full of encouragement and promise about this very subject.  Jesus said, “I am going to prepare a place for you. (in my father’s house)(Jn.14:2NIV)   The apostle Paul, speaking of the Christian resurrection; “And so we will be with the Lord forever.”(1Th.4:17 NIV)  In talking to a first century church, Christ tells them; “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev.2:10NIV)  God forgives us now “in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (Eph.2:7 NIV)  All of this future is found in Jesus Christ.

Look again at the verse mentioned at the beginning.  Don’t be moved!  Don’t be turned aside!  Give yourself fully to the Lord’s work.  Live a Christ centered life, serving him!  Why?  That labor is not without reward.  There is a world to come.  There is life after death. Jesus told us to lay up treasure in heaven where moth and rust cannot corrupt and no one can take it from you.(Matt.6:20)

Memories of the past have a place, but what a wonderful truth that tells us of an eternal future with God.  Because of Jesus, we have a sure hope of the life to come. Let’s trust him; the one who God has given us.  Let’s fully trust and live for him.  That pay day is “out of this world.”