Therefore, being always of good courage, and 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 of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore, we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
If you hadn’t already read today’s Scripture and you saw these words from it: “We also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him,” what would you think the words “home” and “absent” were referring to? Most of us would naturally think “home” referred to being here on earth and “absent” referred to our being gone from earth and dwelling in heaven. The words from our passage, “to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord,” show us that it is the other way around. These words also give us the last of our three “realities of eternity.” The “realities of eternity” are the things “unseen” and “eternal” and “the Lord” is the last of our three “realities of eternity.”
Notice our passage says, “we walk by faith, not by sight. With human sight we only see the things which are “seen” and “temporal,” but with faith we see the things that are “unseen” and “eternal.” Someday when we are “absent from the body” and “at home with the Lord,” we will see him face to face. Our relationship with him will no longer be a “faith” relationship, but a “sight” relationship. We began today’s considerations with these words, “We also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” When we let the “realities of eternity” temper the “realities of life,” we can get down to the business of “living fully” for God which simply means living out our ambition to be pleasing to Him now as we live our life in the face of eternity.
Today’s passage concludes with these rather sobering words, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” Yes, when death comes we will be with the Lord because we are believers in Christ. “The judgment seat of Christ” is a judgment all believers experience at the moment they enter into glory. It is not the “judgment day” of Scripture when all unbelievers are cast into hell and eternal death at the end. Rather, it is an instantaneous “life review” before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for giving account for how we lived our lives in the flesh. In other words, how “fully” we lived for God on earth will determine how “full” our reward in heaven will be?
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, help me to walk by faith so that you are as real to me as possible here and now. Help me to “live fully” for you by staying close to you, depending on you, and letting you live in and through me. It will be wonderful to be in your presence in heaven someday. Grant that when I come before you, you will find that I have lived a life that is truly pleasing to you. Amen!
Posted on Fri, August 12, 2016
by Ken Hart