Imaginary Crisis (1 Corinthians 15:20-22 )

“So, just to give you all a heads up to be careful about your overtime hours. After meeting with all of you, it is clear that we need to stagger the work hours of our shift employees to manage our workflow more efficiently. If we do this, I don’t think we would have to hire another person.”

Several of my laboratory staff nodded. I dismissed the staff thinking that I had resolved the issue. However, the next day, one of the shift supervisors came to my office with a perturbed look. “Doctor,” she began. “I am very concerned that if you hire a new person, we will not be able to efficiently incorporate that person into the workflow. We have too many new employees and they are still learning the basics. Another new person would slow all of us down and lead to more overtime.”

I tried my best to not roll my eyes. “Sally. I didn’t say I was going to hire a new employee. I said IF we are unable to rework the hours of the employees and better manage our workflow, THEN we might have to consider hiring an additional person.”

Many years ago, when I was the medical director for another laboratory, one of my shift supervisors had a penchant of focusing upon one word or phrase that presented the worst case scenario in any situation. Instead of seeing the overall picture, she would view the least likely, but most serious alternative, and blow it up into a full-blown but imaginary crisis, existing only in her mind. Countless hours of explaining and re-explaining the situation to her were expended by myself and many of my co-workers in the laboratory.

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Those, then, who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.

1 Corinthians 15:16-19 (CSB)

If I only focused upon the most pessimistic outcomes in life, I would be a very miserable person. The Apostle Paul recognized this with regard to our hope for salvation and eternal life. After Jesus Christ was crucified and killed on the Cross, some detractors claimed that God did not resurrect Him from the dead. If this was true, then all Christians were living a lie and they, above all people, should be pitied by others. 

But as it is, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (CSB)

There is no imaginary crisis. The glorious Truth is that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. The most pessimistic option is not even under consideration since all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will have salvation and eternal life. The dead are raised through faith and belief in Jesus Christ. 

Amen!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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