Our application to the resurrection of Christ is simple. Paul’s words above provide the direction we require for how to live on the Monday following Easter Sunday. God is at work. As He communicates to us what work He desires for us to do, we should give ourselves completely to it.
And He has communicated that work!
God wants us to obey His commands, glorying His name and practically blessing others. Consider these words from Adam Clarke:
“The work of the Lord is obedience to his holy word; every believer in Christ is a workman of God. He that works not, to bring glory to God and good to man, is not acknowledged as a servant of Christ; and if he be not a servant, he is not a son; and if not a son, then not an heir. And he must not only work, but abound in that work; ever exceeding his former self; and this, not for a time, but always; beginning, continuing, and ending every act of life to God’s glory and the good of his fellows” (e-Sword).
Barnes’ comments on this verse echo the same themes:
“Always engaged in doing the will of God; in promoting his glory, and advancing his kingdom. The phrase means not only to be engaged in this, but to be engaged diligently, laboriously; excelling in this. The “work of the Lord” here means that which the Lord requires; all the appropriate duties of Christians. Paul exhorts them to practice every Christian virtue, and to do all that they could do to further the gospel among people” (e-Sword).
“Obedience to His holy word” (Clarke)…”all the appropriate duties of Christians” (Barnes).
“beginning, continuing, and ending every act of life to God’s glory” (Clarke)…”Always engaged in doing the will of God; in promoting His glory (Barnes).
“…and the good of his fellows” (Clarke)…”to further the gospel among people” (Barnes).
Obedience to the glory of God and the benefit of others–there’s our Monday mission! In light of the fact of the resurrection of Christ and my future resurrection in Christ (the context of 1 Corinthians 15), I am to give myself fully to obeying my risen LORD–striving to glorify God and bless those I find within the sphere of my influence.
I’m ready for that mission!
What about you?
With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort (1 Cor. 15:58; The Message).