A Change of Address
I woke up a little after 3AM this morning. My favorite feline buddy, Mic decided that it was high time he got some lovin. No, was not an answer he was ready to accept.
But of course, this command focus of my attention was only required long enough to assure that I was fully awake. Time to settle in for some time with God’s Word.
For we know that if our earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens, not made with hands. Indeed, we groan in this tent, desiring to put on our heavenly dwelling, since, when we have taken it off, we will not be found naked. Indeed, we groan while we are in this tent, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (CSB)
Age has a way of creeping up on us. I look in the mirror and can’t fathom that I am at the point in my life that I am today. The incident this morning with Mr. Mic underscored the fact that gone are the days when something could wake me from a sound sleep and I simply would disregard the disturbance and dose off a few seconds later.
Nope; not today, not now, not any longer can I pull that off.
So it was comforting to read this passage this morning to start off my day. We know this ‘old tent’ we are using has a limited period of usefulness. There is an expiration date stamped on each and every one of our physical bodies.
The beauty of God’s plan for us is that although we exist right now in these ‘old tents’, the physical, mental, and emotional limitations that are inherent with these bodies are eliminated by the power of Christ in our lives.
I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:11-13 (CSB)
I am able to do all things through Christ Jesus! That certainly doesn’t sound like a limitation.
It is important to note as well that Paul here pointed out something that serves us well if we learn to adopt it. “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself”.
There is pure joy in being content with what God has blessed us with. There is pure contempt for those gifts if our focus is to constantly strive for more and more of this world.
Back to the scripture I opened with here in the article; we are not restricted by the limitations of this ‘old tent’. We can accomplish virtually anything that God calls us to, through His power working in us.
When this body fails, and it will; God has prepared a wonderful building for us to live in with up to date features that our minds can’t even comprehend. These glorified bodies and the existence that we will assume through God Grace, places us in a position above that of the angels the Bible tells us.
And as a down payment, assurance, Jesus has placed His Spirit to live in us today. Just so we have a small sample of what it will be like when not only does God live in us, but is all around us, and we can fully sense His presence continually. There will be no need for the sun or the stars be He will be the light and there will be no more darkness.
So where does this leave me and my ‘old tent’? I guess I would have to say that given my ‘circumstances’, as Paul phrased it, “I’m a happy camper!”