But, he argues, Christ has risen, bringing us the promise of eternal life. For Christians, that promise means an eternity of holiness with Him, with freedom from these wretched sin natures that currently pull at us. Yesterday, my pastor preached on what Christians can look forward to (The Change We Can All Look Forward To), and his sermon compliments 1 Corinthians 15 well. This wonderful change, with its liberation from sickness, pain, sorrow and sin, comes about because Christ is risen!
If, therefore, the Lord's resurrection promises eternal life, it implies that our brief sojourn in this life shouldn't be wasted on selfish pursuits.
31 I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! 32 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.” 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 34 Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame. ~~1 Corinthians 15:31-34 (ESV)
Christians have a responsibility to spend this present life telling the world about Him and living in ways which model His holiness. Sadly, many 21st Century Christians get caught up in looking for ways Christianity can benefit our present situations that we see little need for repentance and living for Him. In fact, we have "bucket lists," demonstrating how little we believe heaven will satisfy us. If we think in terms of eternity at all.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, at a distinct point in history, rose from the dead in a physical, glorified body, and He promises to raise us up in physical, glorified bodies. We therefore need not pursue earthly lusts, knowing that He offers us an eternity of holiness. And no "bucket list" can rival His promise.