I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10-11 NIV)
So what does this text mean? Some weeks, life is hard. I’m sure it is the same with you. This week we found out a dear friend has terminal cancer and it was a sad time. Don’t know what to say, don’t know what to do because we can’t make it better. But this text, the thought of the resurrection gives me hope. Really, it changes how I live. Getting to know Jesus more personally every day, lifts me from this place I sit and sometimes wish I didn’t. Because of Jesus life, death and resurrection, there is something better than this place. When I find it hard to face the challenges of life….and death… I remember this hope. No, I cling to this promise. The promise that there is a better place and I am on my way to it. This place is not my home. But, while I am here, I will live my life looking at the promise of the future and not the pain I see here. While I am here, I will do my best to make a difference so this place looks more like heaven to someone on the way. That’s what this text means.
By Elaine Kapetanakis