Today's devotion is based on Saint Paul's words as they are written down for us in 2 Corinthians 5:9, "So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it."
We are reminded today that while our earthly bodies have diﬀering degrees of frailty, there is an eternal house in heaven coming that will one day replace our earthly tent! This, brothers and sisters in Christ, is a certainty. We have the Holy Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing that this will be to come one day. With that confidence, what do we do day by day? We are to live by faith. We are built (and given the Holy Spirit) to want to please God wherever, and whatever, our situation. We have a clear reminder at the end of this passage that one day we will indeed all appear before the judgment seat of Christ to receive what is due for the things done in the body – good or bad. Well, it may as well be good!
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, I praise and thank you for the earthly tent in which I reside. Help me to care for it and 'keep house' well in this life. I am sorry for my ungrateful heart when I think about my frailties. In the name of your son, Jesus, I pray, Amen.