Are You Confident and Well Pleased?

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body
and to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8).

We have just come off of the most victorious celebration in all of Christendom—the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. It is the central, pivotal point of our faith, for without it, our faith is vain, ridiculous, and hopeless. Without a risen Savior, our religion is no different than any other, and our eternal future just as bleak.

But if we are truly born again, we know that we know that we KNOW the certainty of Christ’s Resurrection because He now lives within us. As surely (or more so!) as we know we are breathing, we know the Spirit of the risen Lord has taken up residency within our hearts, both as a Guide for how to live here on earth and as an assurance of eternal life when we leave this place.

So why don’t we look forward to that transition from temporal life to eternal with more joy and anticipation? Seriously, if we really believe what we say we believe, that passage into the very presence of God should be the most eagerly awaited event imaginable, one we are continually pressing into with each passing day. But let’s be honest, shall we? Don’t we get so caught up in our earthly life—even and maybe especially the “good” things about it—that we resist the idea of giving it up and moving on to something better?

Personally, I love what I do. I love writing Christian books and blogs and devotionals. I love fellowshipping with other believers, communing with and singing praises to God, basking in His presence, enjoying biblical studies and learning from the written Word—and, of course, spending time with my loved ones. But do I care about those things so much that I give them priority over “graduating” to my eternal destiny with God, foolishly thinking that all those “good” things in this life will be lost when I move on to the next?

My first reaction is to say, Of course not! God is first in my heart and life. But is He? With Easter just past, maybe it’s a good time to check our “heart condition” and find out if loving and serving God really is our first priority, since that’s clearly what the Scriptures point out is our primary calling. If the Lord came for us this very moment, is there anything here in this life that we would regret leaving behind in order to go to be with Him? If so, maybe we need to ask God’s forgiveness for allowing idols into our lives and then lay down those idols RIGHT NOW—rather than waiting until the moment He really does come for us.

Do we actually think our life here is better in any way than what it will be when we are in God’s presence? If so, we haven’t grasped the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:8: “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” May our prayer today be that God will help us understand that great truth so that we no longer have anything here on earth that holds us back from our longing to be with Him….

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Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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