Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-17

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.”  2 Corinthians 5:9

Observation
Earlier in Chapter 5, Paul explains how the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, and that we have an eternal home with God in the heavens. Therefore, we have two places where we are citizens – home (in eternity) and away from home (here on Earth). Paul goes on to write about how we as Christians sometimes get frustrated with being away from our homes in heaven, and how it is easy for us to “groan and be burdened” while we wait to be restored in the Kingdom. But we are not ruled by what we see! We walk by faith in God, and in the assurance of knowing that He has our futures in His hands, that He has created a place for us, and that He has given us the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of His promises. And so, with the peace that comes with KNOWING this to be true, we can make it our aim to please Him, no matter our present circumstances.  

Application
What would it look like if we put verse 9 into action? What if, instead of groaning and complaining about our circumstances, we approached our lives here on earth with the aim of having our words, attitudes, and hearts be pleasing to the Lord? How would our homes change, our families, our workplaces? Let’s make it our aim today to lift our eyes to heaven, and to approach every area of our earthly lives with the goal of pleasing Him!

Prayer
Lord, I know that you have my future in Your hands and that You have created a place for me. Help me to not be distracted by my present circumstances, but to be fully focused on the things of heaven and the things that are pleasing to You. I choose today to walk by faith and not by what I see, to have a cheerful heart in all circumstances, and to honor You with my thoughts, words, and actions.

Madison Spence, Next Steps Team Leader  |  Murrysville Campus

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