Written by Tony Anderson
2 Corinthians 5:6-10: So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
To walk by faith, not by sight is one of the great – and difficult – principles of Christian living. We live for, serve, and are willing to die for a God we have never seen. Yet we love Him and live for Him, living by faith, not by sight.
One day we will not be absent from the Lord. In that day we will no longer walk by faith and we will see the glory of God by sight. Therefore, we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
A man in the middle of many painful trials took a walk in his neighborhood and saw a construction crew at work on a big church building. He stood and watched a stone mason work a long time on a block, but could not see where the block would fit, because the church appeared to be finished. He watched the man work on the block carefully and methodically, slowly shaping it into a precise pattern. Finally, he asked, “Why are you spending so much time chipping and shaping that block?” The craftsman pointed up to the top of the nearly completed steeple and said, “I’m shaping it down here so it will fit in up there.” The man in the middle of the trials intuitively knew that was God’s message to him: He was being prepared down here so that he would fit in up in heaven.
Prayer: “Father Thank You for the confidence I have in your word. Help me Lord to walk in a way that is worthy of the calling that you have given me. Until that wonderful day that I step into the heavenly realms for eternity with You, astonished that Christ’s death paid the price for all my sin, I Thank You! Father for the grace that is found in the Jesus Christ, in whose name I pray, AMEN!”