Eventually if we are blessed by God to grow older, we will be longing for the day when we can trade in our worn out earthly bodies for brand new incorruptible bodies fit for heaven.
2 Corinthians 5 4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. 6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.
We should not cling to life so much that it hinders our pleasing the Lord, since Paul says that we will be ‘at home’ with the Lord when we die to this earth. After a long day at work, when I roll up my driveway, I get that feeling of being glad to be home at last. Well imagine that, only a thousand times better. Paul goes on with an admonition to the Corinthians (and us) regarding the rewards (or not) that we will receive.
10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body. 11 Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. 12 Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart.
The early church had all the same problems that we have today. God sees whether we have sincere hearts or not, whether we are just making a show of caring about redemption and restoration or if we really do have his heart. We should tremble and examine ourselves daily to make sure that we are acting out of love and not out of selfishness. Maybe now is a good time to get on our knees and ask; “Am I doing Your will Lord? Am I succeeding as a sincere ambassador for You?” and then listen…….
By Sanne Esque