Tag: the eternal
Scripture reading for August 31st: 2nd Corinthians 4:13-5:11
The glorious hope of the believer is the resurrection of the body. “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” (2nd Corinthians 5:1-4)
Our soul and spirit are clothed with our human body. This body is wasting away and decaying with age. The troubles of life take their toll and too soon we die. But for the believer, death is a transition to something better and more permanent. Our souls and spirits will go into the Lord’s presence to await the resurrection body. That body will be permanent. Paul used the analogy of clothes. Few of us feels comfortable being naked before others or especially God. There is a sense of privacy about the body. When we put off this human body at death, we also desire to be clothed with a new body. We also groan in our old bodies as we age and approach death. We long for something more permanent!
The Christian should be careful to use his body to bring glory to God. While in our bodies here, we should seek to live in a way that pleases God. “So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done in the body, whether good or bad.” (2nd Corinthians 5:9-10) This judgment seat will bring rewards for those who have by faith done what God prepared for them. Others will suffer loss because of failure to obey or for squandering their time and talents. This judgment was not for unbelievers!
Are you living today with eternity in mind? What changes should be made to please God today and reap rewards at the judgment seat of Christ? That day may be closer than we think!