Trade-in: Patchwork for Perfection
2 Corinthians 5:1
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2 Corinthians 5:1 (TLB)
For we know that when this tent we live in now is taken down—when we die and leave these bodies—we will have wonderful new bodies in heaven, homes that will be ours forevermore, made for us by God Himself and not by human hands.
Do you ever get tired of the aches and groans and general aging of our earthly bodies? I know I do. I may still be technically “young” at 37 years of age, but I sometimes feel much older. Of course, how we take care of our bodies has a lot to do with how we feel, but there are circumstances beyond our control (such as birth defects or automobile accidents) that may also impact our physical bodies. The subject passage of Scripture, in 2 Corinthians chapter 5, continues in verse 2 by exclaiming,
How weary we grow of our present bodies…
Fortunately, we can take some modicum of comfort from verse 1 in that…
we will have wonderful new bodies in heaven… made for us by God Himself and not by human hands.
While we must carry on and continue to run and “finish the race” (as Paul illustrates in 2 Timothy 4:7) until God pulls us out, we know that we have far greater rewards waiting on us in Heaven, if we remain faithful. In the mean time, God is able to perform some mean patchwork on our “tents”… when HE chooses to do so. We just need to trust and obey.
2 Timothy 4:5 (ERV)
But you should control yourself at all times. When troubles come, accept them. Do the work of telling the Good News. Do all the duties of a servant of God.