dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 Desperate for Home!

on October 16, 2012

Paul refers to our earthly body as a tent!  (Feels like that some days!)  If I lived in a tent, I would long for a real home.  One that holds up well in storms and cannot be blown about or collapse!  Our bodies are an earthly tent that houses our soul.  Our soul longs, even groans, for an eternal home.  However, here I am in this tent and I need to embrace it!  Paul said that while we are on earth, we need to walk by faith not by sight–faith that God has prepared for us a perfect, eternal body that will house our soul forever. We ought to always be of good courage.  Think about the timeline of our lives as a great battle.  Those who believe in Jesus Christ know that the battle ends in victory!  Knowing the ending, should help us to fight courageously while we are on earth.  Thirdly, we need to aim to please the Lord while we are here.

God has prepared us to receive eternal life and placed His Holy Spirit in us as a guarantee.  This should give us great confidence as we face our days.  It also gives us the desire to please the Lord.  We will ALL stand before the judgment seat and EACH will receive our due reward for good or penalty for evil done in this world.

Unfortunately, there is no one who is good and righteous apart from Jesus Christ (Psalm 14:1-3, Romans 3:10).  He, Himself, is our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6, 2 Corinthians 5:21)!  When we humbly turn to Jesus knowing our spiritual poverty, He floods our lives with the riches of His grace (Ephesians 2:7) and we are sealed forever by the Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts.  It is through the Spirit’s power that we do good works and are given the desire to please the Lord in our actions.

Verse 9 says, “So whether we are at home (Heaven) or away (Earth) we make it our aim to please him.”  If Jesus is not our Lord and we don’t make it our aim to please Him on Earth, why would we even want Heaven?  All of Heaven will be filled with people whose chief desire is to please God for eternity, only we won’t be encumbered with the snares of death, temptation, flesh, and evil.  Doesn’t that sound wonderful!  Doesn’t that make you desperate for home!

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