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"A Better Resurrection"
"Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:" Hebrews 11:35
How many trials have we failed because we looked for the easy way out, the path of least resistance, wanting, even praying for deliverance from the suffering? Trials are God's way of proving us, to see where we stand in faith, to find out with whom we have placed our trust. Only through the fire can the truth ever be known. "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" (I Peter 1:7)
We must understand the importance of our trials, they are the evidence that we are what we profess to be in Christ Jesus. J. C. Ryle wrote in his excellent work "Are We Sanctified?",
"Sanctification, again, is a thing which will be found absolutely necessary as a witness to our character in the great day of judgment. It will be utterly useless to plead that we believed in Christ, unless our faith has had some sanctifying effect, and been seen in our lives. Evidence, Evidence, Evidence, will be the one thing wanted when arraigned before the bar of God. Without some evidence that our faith in Christ was real and genuine, we shall only rise again to be condemned. I can find no evidence that will be admitted in that day, except genuine faith. Sanctification is a work of Faith!"
This faith must be an overcoming faith. Faith does not mean we will not suffer, rather that faith will carry us through the suffering, knowing and loving the One we suffer for. John wrote in the book of Revelation, "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Revelation 12:11) this is done by and through our faith in Christ alone. Matthew Henry wrote,
"...they loved not their lives unto the death, when the love of life stood in competition with their loyalty to Christ; they loved not their lives so well but they could give them up to death, could lay them down in Christ's cause; their love to their own lives was overcome by stronger affections of another nature; and this their courage and zeal helped to confound their enemies, to convince many of the spectators, to confirm the souls of the faithful, and so contributed greatly to this victory." — From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible
Our only motive must be to please the One who called us, that in all things He and He alone is glorified, this is our joy. "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus..." (Acts 20:24)
It is the sacrifice of today for a better tomorrow, "...not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection." Only through the eyes of faith can we see that better resurrection. Jesus warns us that, "whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." (Luke 9:24) It is a giving up of this life for another, a better life.
The apostle Paul said, "...we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed..." (Romans 5:3-5) This hope Paul speaks of is of a better resurrection, a life immortal in Christ our Lord. Who wouldn't trade this life for that? You must however, see it through the eyes of faith, "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." and your trails prove your faith of a better resurrection, "tribulation worketh... Hope!"
Stop looking for the easy way out, the path of least resistance, wanting, even praying for deliverance from your trials, rather, "not accepting deliverance; that you might obtain A Better Resurrection."