I can’t read today’s Scripture from 2 Corinthians without thinking about the hurricanes a few months ago or the tragic shooting massacre this past Sunday. We read the first five verses and we’re reminded that not only the physical homes we have that can dissipate through hurricanes, fires, wars, etc. will be replaced by an eternal home but these earthly “tents” or bodies will be replaced a heavenly dwelling. As I received texts throughout Sunday as news leaked out of the 26 Southern Baptists killed in the middle of a worship service at the hands of a sick, twisted individual, I was reminded of this groaning and longing to put on our heavenly dwelling. By those crying out “Maranatha” and when thinking about the lives that were taken who were in an environment of not only hearing but many believing the Gospel and now in their heavenly dwelling and homes. And verse 5 says that this hope is a guaranteed promise through the Holy Spirit. A seal on the covenant God gives us through the Gospel that this world really is just temporary and He will never leave us in the midst of the groaning and longing.
Now verses 6-10 shows us how to move forward in such tragedies trusting in the promise of the life to come:
- With Good Courage (v. 8, 10)
- By Faith, Not Sight (v. 7)
- Making it our Aim to Please Him (v. 9)
- Knowing that we will be held accountable in Judgment (v. 10)
We don’t dwell on what we see here on this earth but with what we trust in God to be true. We walk with good courage knowing that we have nothing to fear since Satan and others can only take this earthly body and home, not the eternal ones. We do everything we can to glorify God and please Him with the short time we are given and we will be held accountable for this in the judgment. This means that we will be held accountable with what we did with the Gospel message, the message that saves us and others, with our service and our daily time with Him, all things that He has commanded us to do and that ultimately pleases Him. We move forward in such tragedies doing what God has always asked every believer to do, showing the world that we have a solid, unshakeable foundation to stand on and so we continue to glorify Him.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor