Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "I Surrender All"1 (Lyrics)
My late Scottish mother-in-law taught me this song. We always got a chuckle out of it when she sang it, especially because she had false teeth.
- Last night there was murder at the fish shop
A wee dug stole a haddie bone
A big dug tried tae take it aff it
and I hit it wae a tottie scone.
I ran tae tell my Auntie Sara
My Auntie Sara wisnae in
I looked through a hole in the windae
And I shouted, "Sara are you in?"
Her teeth were lying oan the table,
Her wig was hanging oan a peg,
I nearly burst my sides wae laughing
When I saw her screwing aff her wooden leg.
I wonder how many of us can relate to this little ditty today?
Some of our bodies are aging, and we're slowing down. I know that I am! It takes me longer to do things, and some days, I just need to sit back, relax, and catch up.
The weak bodies that we have now are dying. Some of us suffer from arthritis; our muscles get weaker as we age; we may have to take medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems … . What a great encouragement it is to know that one day, we will have a new body! A heavenly body that will never die. No more scars. No more aches and pains.
2 Corinthians 5:1-2 – For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. (NLT)
In the Apostles' Creed, we say that we believe in the resurrection of the body. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, so will we be raised from the dead when we die in Him. We will have new bodies that will never get old or sick or die.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 – Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 15:53-54 – For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: "Death is swallowed up in victory." (NLT)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are so grateful to be alive, even though, at times, we may suffer from aches and pains or worse. How good it is to know that one day, those in Christ will inherit a heavenly body which will never die or get sick or grow old, and which will live forever with You. Give us strength to keep our eyes on Jesus at all times, to be Your faithful people, and to serve You in whatever ways we are able. To You be the glory forever, in Jesus' name. Amen.