A Purposeful Journey
Dear Father, You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Your compassion and presence never change. I praise You.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
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“We make it our aim to please him” (2 Cor. 5:9, ESV). We won’t go wrong with that as our aim.
There are two dimensions to human existence. The first is lived out in our temporary, human bodies, which commence the process of decay as cells begin to die the day we are born (1,4). This is the avenue for preparing for the other, the real, unending life that God intends for us, free from the laws of decay and death (6,8).
What evidence do we have that it does not all end when we die and are buried? First, the evidence of the Lord Jesus Christ who came down to earth, taking on the temporary human body which was destroyed on the cross and coming back to life in the glorious resurrection body of the heavenly realm. As if that is not enough, we have within us the evidence of the Spirit of God (Eph. 1:13-14), proof that we are not merely creatures of the earth alone but that our ultimate destiny belongs to a higher plane (1 Cor. 15:20).
On a tombstone was the epitaph, “Here lies an atheist. All dressed up and nowhere to go.” No doubt the person lying under it now knows better! In contrast, there is a reassuring clarity in Paul’s vision of where he was headed (1). It conjures up for us the joyful steps of the traveler returning home (2,4). They are purposeful steps, focused on the goal of bringing delight to the One waiting to receive him back with a welcome embrace. For Paul, for the believers to whom he was writing in Corinth and for us, verse 10 describes that embrace as a judgment. This is not a judgment to determine the point of arrival at the end of the journey. That is settled on the basis of our faith in Christ. Rather, it is the Lord’s verdict on the way in which we conduct ourselves along the way.
Do you have a vision statement for your life? Read verse 9 again. How does it fit your life vision?
Lord, what a wonderful, purposeful life You give me–strength for today and a hope forever. Thanks be to You.
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