House Not Made with Hands. To many people, their house is everything; it is their personal identification of who they are. For the Christian, a house worth millions or even billions is only a tent compared to the house not made with hands that God has prepared for us in heaven.
1 For we know that if our
earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a
house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we
groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is
from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found
naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because
we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be
swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing
is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:1-8, NIV
To many people, their house is everything; it is their personal identification of who they are. For the Christian, a house worth millions or even billions is only a tent compared to the house which God has prepared for us in heaven.
What is another way people tend to identify themselves? If you said clothing, you are right. Think of how much money a bride will spend to look just right for that special day. We have an exhibition in our state capitol showing models of the gowns worn by the former governor's wives at the inauguration ball. What about our teens? Just any pair of jeans will not do--they must be designer jeans. Why spend $25.00 for a pair of jeans when you can get a pair of designer jeans for $100.00 or more.
For the Christian, the most important clothing to us is our spiritual clothing. Note that in verse 2 above Paul states that we Christians are earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven.
In our heart of hearts we Christians know that this is true, and yet how often do we live in this world as though this is all there is to life. We forget that wonderful spiritual assurance that has been given to us by the Holy Spirit. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. There is no guarantee given in heaven or earth greater than this!
Pray today that you will live in the confidence that God has made for you in a house made by Him and not with hands, and that you would walk by faith and not by sight.