Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? I face death every day - yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

’Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.’

Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good characters.’ Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God - I say this to your shame.

- 1 Corinthians 15:29-33

In this passage, Paul is wrapping up his thoughts laid out in the previous portion of the chapter - he is giving his concluding thoughts on his frustration with those that do not believe the resurrection. The new point he raises in this portion is that the denial of the resurrection undermines the need to do good. He is essentially pointing out that if the dead are not raised, then they might as well pursue pleasure over morality because there is not anything else to hope in\look towards. However, because the resurrection did indeed happen, fleeing from sin and running towards righteousness is what we get to posture ourselves towards.

The past two days I have had you reflect on the cross and the resurrection. Today - I want you to build on both of those reflections by asking the following question: What are some next steps I can take to respond to the cross\resurrection? Jesus did not die on the cross for you to simply exist. He came so that we would have life and life abundant (John 10:10). He came to restore everything the thief (the enemy) has stolen. He came for you to walk in freedom. He came for you to no longer have sin be your master. He died so that you could LIVE. He conquered death by rising again. My prayer for you today is that you would start fighting to live in all that Christ died for you to have. That you would understand what He has done on your behalf, the inheritance you have gained, and that you would REFUSE to live in less. That you would fight to know God intimately and deeply - the resurrection means that you have access to the living God! I pray that you would fight to tap into that access: that you would pursue God in prayer, that you would hunger for his word, that you would ask Him to fill you with His spirit. Fight to have all that God wants to give you. Fight to live the life He died for you to have.

Back to my question: What are some next steps that I can take to respond to the cross\resurrection? We can claim our inheritance, we can believe God for all that He has promised, you can read that last paragraph & be encouraged, but you play a role in choosing those things. It requires action. You can't want something into existence. You have to take steps towards the things you choose. So what is your next step? For those of you that desire deeper intimacy with God: open your bible, pick a book to start studying, pray, journal, take time to listen to God's voice. For those of you that want freedom: confess your struggle to someone who can fight for you in prayer & hold you accountable, declare truth over yourself as you look in the mirror, start to surrender bad habits. Identify areas in your life that are not what God has for you & identify an action that you can take to walk away from sin & towards righteousness. Away from death and towards life. Away from lack and towards more. What is your next step?

God - I pray that you would reveal to me the areas of my life that are not completely surrendered to you. I pray that you would show me areas where I am not living in all that you died for me to have. Help me identify these things, give me the courage to say goodbye to them and give me a next step that I can take towards you. Thank you for the cross and thank you for the resurrection. Thank you for all that you have done for me. I love you. Amen.

- Megan McGarrah