TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020

2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

 

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in 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 be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to 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 confident; even though 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 do have confidence, 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 all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

Discussion

by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff

Walking by faith is never easy. Day by day, we see that our mortal form ages as the years go by. And it’s always easier seeing this as we age even more.

I have one last year in my forties before the big 5 - 0.

It’ll come. God willing. Insh’ Allah.

When it does, I hope that I won’t dwell on all that has gone by. Instead, my prayer for my future self is to stay faithful to the promises God made in my baptism. That, walking by the faith God has given me and those of my brothers and sisters in Christ, that I, too, shall one day stand in the presence of God to know that my mortal life had been a gift from God to me, but also a gift that God’s work might have continued through me while my time in this world.

Thank you, God, for my life. May I not waste it to

serve you the best ways that you know how. Amen.