For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home 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 put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. —II Corinthians 5:1-4

            We are now clothed in this temporary tent, this body of decay.  One day, unless our Lord comes back in our life time, this temporal body will be destroyed by death.  So many times we have stood at the grave of a friend or loved one as their temporary body was placed into the ground— “from dust you came and to dust you will return.”  Yes, these bodies are only for a moment, but our eternal tent is forever.  Oh, how we long to have that eternal body that will never have aches and pains.  How long we desire to be with Jesus and have a body similar to His— “Beloved, we are now children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is” (I John 3:2).

            The older a person gets the reality of their body wearing out becomes increasingly obviously.  The body is a little stiffer in the morning when rising from bed.  The muscles ache more than when one was younger.  Yes, it becomes clearer with age that one’s body has changed in the aging process.  We literally groan at times and the body can become a burden. 

            But oh, how we long to put on our heavenly “clothes” — a body that will never groan, never be burden, never be destroyed— an eternal and perfect body.  Oh yes, how we long for that day!  Joyous day that will be when “what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” —eternal life.  Brother and sister, we have much to look forward to— an eternity to look forward to!  Until then “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).  Run to the finish line… your new body awaits you there!

Yes, Dear Father, I do look forward to being with Jesus and having a body like His that will never wear out.  Please help me to finish the race well with this temporary body You have given me by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your precious Son Jesus.  So may it be!

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