2 Corinthians 5:6-9

In 2 Corinthians 5:6-9 Paul gives us encouragement to grab on to. The presence of the Holy Spirit in Paul’s life gave him confidence. It assured him that God was at work in him and would continue His work. “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.” We can be always confident, even in hard times, if we keep our eyes on Jesus. Our time here on earth is not our home, but a temporary place we live right now. And we’re not yet with our Savior and Lord, but that day is coming and we’ll soon join Him in heaven.

Right now, the presence of God is a matter of faith. We are at home in the body so there is a sense in which we are absent from the Lord, at least in the sense of His immediate, glorious presence. Faith is our connection to the Trinity. To walk by faith, not by sight is one of the great – and difficult – principles of Christian living. It is amazing that we live for, serve, and are willing to die for a God we have never seen. We need to to make faith part of our every daily activity. Walking is nothing remarkable in itself; it is one of the more mundane aspects of life. But God wants us to walk by faith. It should be how we live every moment – walking with Him.

Paul says it again. “Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” Because Paul is confident (in part, based on the guarantee of the Holy Spirit) of his eternal destiny, he is not afraid of the world beyond. He’s got complete confidence of God’s plan and his future. The opportunity to be at home with the Lord is what makes heaven really heaven. We’ll leave our very fragile and imperfect earthly body behind and be able to spend eternity with our Savior and Lord in our new heavenly body and will never be separated from Him again.

Paul lived for an audience of One. Since what we do right now has eternal consequences, our goal must persistently be to please God. “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” Maclaren wrote “You report to headquarters. Never mind what anybody else thinks of you. Your business is to please Christ, and the less you trouble yourselves about pleasing men the more you will succeed in doing it.” We must consider that as far as we know, there are some opportunities for pleasing God that we will only have while present in these bodies. When we get to heaven, there will be no more need for faith, no more need for endurance through trials, no more need for courage and boldness in telling others about Jesus. We will be in a perfect state with God.

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