01 January 2013

Quote of the Day

... [We] know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. 

Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.

That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we’ll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming.

(2 Corinthian 5:1-8, The Message Bible)

4 comments:

Cathy said...

Rev. Paul. That is truly beautiful.

Old NFO said...

Well said, and yes WE have a future home...

CottonLady said...

So very true! What a wonderful home we have to look forward to. Thanks for the reminder, Rev. Paul.
I love the thoughts of heaven!

New Year blessing to you and your family.

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, Cathy. It's a valuable reminder that we're just passing through this place, on our way to a better.

NFO, indeed. It's our great promise from our Father.

CottonLady, thoughts of our reward can make this life a lot easier, and that was my intent on posting this.