Why am I in danger every hour? I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
1 Corinthians 15: 30-32
Over the weekend, I read someone who quoted Paul’s last sentence above – “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Of course, Paul didn’t believe that. Paul was personally convinced of the resurrection and for that reason, he lived his life with purpose, not a party.
There was a price to pay for being a Christian for the early church. For most of us, the greatest danger we face is during our commute to and from work. Christians in the first few centuries faced real danger. Practicing their faith did put them at risk for everything and they risked it all willingly.
This is one more reason to have confidence in what Paul proclaimed and lived. He was absolutely committed to the cause of Christ and when the time came, he literally placed his head on the chopping block as he was beheaded for his allegiance to Christ in 62-64 AD.
Paul had no intention of living for today or for the weekend, he lived to bring others to Christ.