November 20, 2015

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Longing for a reality beyond what we have today is normal. In fact, it is the way God designed it. We live in earthly tents in a place that is not our forever home. Our tents are moved by the wind. They tear and they wear out, just like our physical bodies. It is natural for us to groan and to long for what is permanent, for what will not shake or tear, for what will last. Sometimes, I feel guilty for being unsettled or unsatisfied with what I have been given. I’m not saying I shouldn’t be thankful for what God has given me, I am grateful for blessings and provision. But I need to be okay with the fact that I will always groan for something else. Longing for material wealth or physical beauty is not what this passage mentions. But, it is okay and it is natural to long for wholeness, to long for peace, to long for our home where there will be no more tears or brokenness. That is the promise.

What a gift he has given to us! His Spirit lives inside us and helps us make it to our ultimate home. The Spirit gives us tastes of heaven and glimpses of what is promised. It is our deposit, our guarantee, of what is to come.