1 Corinthians 15:54 (ESV)
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory”.
As far as landscaping around my yard goes, seeding the lawn has to be my single least favorite thing to do.  After clearing the area, raking up the soil and fertilizing, the seed has to be watered every single day and kept from drying out until it germinates.  If a seed dries out completely for even a short time after its first watering, it dies and will never grow into a blade of grass.
While our bodies might also be fragile, we don’t have to worry about continually working to earn or maintain the gift of eternal life.  We know what’s going to happen when our time on earth is over.  Christ defeated death on the cross once and for all and accepting Him as Lord is a one-time decision.  While we should always live in a way that pleases God, there isn’t a long process of salvation that we need to complete.  Scripture tells us we’ve immediately crossed from death to life (John 5:24).
Jesus conquered death so we can know what it means to live a life free from fear.  This doesn’t mean we should be taking irresponsible risks but instead that our lives should have a focus much deeper than just surviving each day.  Since we have something greater waiting for us when we leave this earth, we can follow His commandment and turn our focus outward — loving each other as we love ourselves through our everyday actions.
Challenge yourself today to live a life that reflects the reality of the risen Christ and His eternal victory over death!
Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor