Today’s Scripture: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
A lot can happen in a moment. You can be walking down your stairs and step on a toy, and in a moment, you can be at the bottom of the stairs. You can walk out of the room and return a moment later to find a work of art done in crayon on your wall. In only a moment, your toddler can grab a discarded candy bar on the playground and begin eating it. To a child, when parents say, “Just a moment,” it can mean anywhere from thirty seconds to thirty minutes to a week.
They say the amount of time it takes for a ray of light to enter the retina is around 386,000 miles per hour. This means a “twinkle” of an eye translates to one-sixth of a billionth of a second. That is how quickly we will be changed.
In our Scripture passage, we see two groups of people: the dead (corruptible) and the living (mortal). When you die, you begin decomposing – that is corruption. The Bible says that the dead will be raised to an incorruptible body. Those who are living, still mortal, will be given an immortal body – one that can never die.
This will all happen in a moment – in the twinkling of an eye. There will not be time to make a decision to put your trust in Christ. There will not be time to hide any sin that you might happen to be engaging in. That is why it is so important to be striving to live for the Lord every day. No, we will not be perfect; we will stumble. But when we do, it is important that we confess, get up, and keep going.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.