“Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”
II Corinthians 5:5-8 NKJV
“Another day.” My first thought this morning, as I sat on the edge of my bed. I go to bed each night expectant: either I will awaken in heaven, having passed in the night, or the trump will sound and I will be there by rapture. Then morning comes and I have the reckoning that God has at least one more day of ministry for me to do. I strain against the pain in my flesh, and begin that day.
When I look back, I am amazed at how much the Lord has carried me through, especially in the last six years. I am a testimony to the faithfulness of God, and His power to provide all ones daily need. I go forth with confidence and not fear, facing the unknown. I know that I have the assurance of eternity with Jesus come what may. If in the conduct of my day, I should die, I will be with Him. I know if I survive, He will still be with me. That assurance gives me the will to go on.
I live to glorify my Lord. It is the least I can do, as Jesus went to the cross to pay for my sins. I stood charged, awaiting a sentence of death and He took it for me. My glorious King! In the depth of my weariness, I find His presence that propels me. I have had days when I have entered the pray chair exhausted, and then marvel at the strength increasing the longer I pray. I finish energized!
As I seek the Lord, I am strengthened and enthused, to go and serve with the might that I have. He fills me with the drive, a drive based on the confidence that one day I will be absent from this body, and present with Him. Better still, this mortal body will be replaced with the immortal, this perishable with the imperishable. I will receive a glorious upgrade, one that is not weary.
I am giddy that I get to serve the Lord today. I will go and play my drum, and worship, I will listen to the preaching and teaching of the word, and I will fellowship with the saints. All of these things will be done with the promise of eternity with the Lord.
I will walk by faith and not by sight.
In these perilous times it is crucial to walk by faith. What we see is frightening, and the future seems bleak. I am looking to a future beyond the one directly in front of me, the future I have with Jesus in heaven. With the goal of eternity, I can live in the here and now.
Believers, look with confidence at these times with a eye toward the eternal, the things to come. All of this will end. There will be no more striving, no more struggle and no more pain. Go forth and tell of the goodness of God, of the great salvation paid for by Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit and guarenteed by God. Find peace in that. There is nothing to fear in these times of uncertainty. Not even death itself.
“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.”
II Corinthians 5:1-4 NKJV
I look forward to the time when I will behold the King in all His beauty, I will rejoice in His worthiness, in His majesty, in His glory! This tent that I currently occupy will not be enough to weather that glory. I am thankfull that we will get new bodies capable of withstanding the overwhelming weight of the glory of God.
Brothers and sisters, go to church today, get a forshadowing of the great promise as we fellowship with other believers. Someday we will all meet in heaven, no separate buildings, no denominations, only the Body of Christ, united in the Holy Spirit. I am looking forward to that day!