"So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith and not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 As I was driving in to church this morning, the words of "Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus came in to my mind for no real reason other than worship. Thinking on these words, though: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him,
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er,
Jesus, Jesus, Precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more. I had to ask myself, do my actions show that I trust Him? Many who say they believe show that their faith in the news, politics, governments, and other worldly institutions is stronger than their faith in Christ. How? We quote the news, politicians, governors, and other organizations rather than speaking boldly, and showing with our lives the promises of Christ through the Word of God. We have the Promises of God in our hands, opportunities, daily, to be with Him through them, boldness to approach the Throne of Grace because of the High Priest we have in Jesus, and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Why do we need more?
Sometimes, though, we can get caught up in this life. It is a life we are not made for. God made a very good world, but we brought in to it death and destruction in our sin and rebellion. It is a very good orderly world thrown in to chaos by our actions. We are afraid of losing livelihood, homes, friends, family members, our own lives, because the world, and the prince of this world, Satan, is an expert at taking our eyes from our King. The only way for restoration is trusting in Jesus Christ. "How can I trust in Christ?" one might ask. Romans 10:17 says Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ. If we desire to walk in our Faith, we must increase it, and to increase it, we must be in the Word. Psalm 119:105 shows us the way "Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path;" we walk each step in God's word. We commit His word to memory, we, like Abraham, believe God and take Him at His word, and do what He says. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that without faith is it impossible to please God. Faith is trusting God and doing what He says.
2 Corinthians 5:1-10-For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.