A man named Smith was sitting on his roof during a flood, and the water was up to his feet. Before
long a fellow in a canoe paddled past and shouted, “Can I give you a lift to higher ground?” “No,
thanks,” said Smith. “I have faith in the Lord and He will … More
In this passage we find that heaven was not simply a destination for Paul; it was also a motivation. He was anxiously waiting for the day when he would fully participate in the abundant life promised in heaven. He used a tent or earthly house as a picture of our present earthly bodies (v. 1). A tent is a weak, temporary dwelling without much beauty; but our glorified body will be eternal, beautiful, and never show signs of weakness or decay (Philippines 3:20-21). We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing (vv. 2-3). In contrast to the old body, the new body is pictured as a permanent dwelling. We will put on heavenly bodies; bodies that will never die. God is the one who makes all of this possible (vv. 4-5). He has given us his Spirit to make us certain that he will do it. So always be cheerful (v.6)!
He reminds the Corinthians that the world and its present sufferings are passing away. What is seen (the material) is temporary, but what is unseen (the spiritual) is eternal. To live this way is to live by faith and not by sight (v. 7). We should be cheerful, because we would rather leave these bodies and be at home with the Lord. But whether we are at home with the Lord or away from him, we still try our best to please him (vv, 8-9). Paul had a confident faith that conquered fear, and a future hope that was both a destination and a motivation. Every believer in Jesus Christ has these same possessions.
In my daily walk of life, what does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight? Lord, help me to think of examples our family has experienced of walking by faith!
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened--not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
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