This life we live is a blessing. God has given it to us and we should cherish it, enjoy it, live it to the fullest to please Him. However, this life is only the beginning for us. The apostle Paul lived a very full life. Yet he came to the place where he realized that “while we are home in the body we are absent from the Lord.” He went on to say that he would prefer to be “absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.” But whatever our circumstance “we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.”
This is certainly not an argument to end one’s life, just a declaration and acknowledgement that this life, this portion of our existence, is all that there is. It’s actually the smallest part of what we shall experience as eternal beings.
It’s kind of like those long road trips we would take as kids on family vacations. Mom and Dad would load us into the car and we’d drive, and drive, and then drive some. Hundreds of seemingly endless miles. Oh sure, the first couple of hours would be fun, lots of new things to see and the anticipation of a week away. But eventually the cry would go up from the back seat, “Are we there yet?” “How much longer?”
Paul was voicing those sentiments as he longed to be united, face to face, with the Lord. Still, he realized that there is a distinct purpose for this part of our journey. To please God. To serve as ambassadors for Christ and allow Him to do the work of reconciliation through us.
I’ll be sharing from 2 Corinthians 5 this week during Middays Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 10/21 2 Corinthians 5:1 – 4
Tue 10/22 2 Corinthians 5:5 – 9
Wed 10/23 2 Corinthians 5:10 – 13
Thu 10/24 2 Corinthians 5:14 – 17
Fri 10/25 2 Corinthians 5:18 – 21
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