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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Seeing Outside the Tent     

July 26

(2 Corinthians 5:1-11 NIV)  "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. {2} Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, {3} because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. {4} For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. {5} Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. {6} Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. {7} We live by faith, not by sight. {8} We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. {9} So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. {10} For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. {11} Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience."

God makes it clear to us that our lives on this planet will not last forever. We live in temporary tents, not permanent buildings. Deep inside, we know we are transients. We spend much of our life inwardly groaning, longing for our heavenly dwelling. Instinctively, we know that this world is not our home. But many are blinded by the darkness inside their tents and can no longer see out. They begin to think that this world is all there is. They spend their lives groping and grasping for stuff -- stuff that will ultimately belong to someone else. How foolish! How futile! God’s call is to walk in the light, not live in the darkness -- to live by faith, not by sight. All that we can see with our eyes of flesh is temporary. Believe God and receive new eyes. Only with eyes of faith can we see beyond our tent flaps and catch a glimpse of eternity. Only by faith can we move into our permanent home with Christ. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day 

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