Some days I really feel the word perishable that Paul uses in 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. I feel my body wearing out, fatigue after a long day and see the aging process become more apparent when I gaze in the mirror. It can be discouraging not to be able to physically do what I once did in my younger years.
Yet Paul reminds us of the hope we have as believers in Jesus: “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed (51-52, NASB).” That is our hope.
While we can experience transformation in how we live our life here on earth, we cannot escape that our body here is perishable. The temporary nature of life in this world should point us toward the eternal life yet to come, the fulfillment of faith in Jesus. In that moment, when we meet Jesus face to face, we will become imperishable, immortal (54). Paul reminds us of Isaiah 25:8: “He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces (NASB).”
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)