October 9, 2012 by Chris French
Has anyone asked you if you were comfortable lately? We’re very concerned with being comfortable aren’t we? After all we’re used to a certain amount of comfort. If it’s too hot we can turn the air on. Too cold? No problem. Turn the heat up. Tired of your old clothes? Go buy new ones! Want that cool new phone (purse, shoes, car, house, ipad, etc.) Save up your money and go buy it! If you want it you can get it in our society. In fact, it’s probably at the nearest Wal-Mart.
In 2nd Corinthians 5 Paul talks about being tired of the things this life has to offer. Maybe Paul wasn’t as comfortable as we are. Surely, if he were alive today he would look around and not yearn for a new place to be. His life was tough, what with all the beatings, shipwrecks and prison sentences, but our lives are pretty comfy.
Paul grew “weary in (his) present bo(dy)” (5.2) and it didn’t have anything to do with his culture. Were he alive today he would write these same words! We’ve gotten so attached to our things that it’s tough to imagine a better life. We have to resort to statements like, “In Heaven there won’t be taxes or cancer” and while both are true, neither are the reason Paul gave for his longing for this new home. Notice what he says in 2nd Corinthians 5.6: “So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.” Paul was willing to give up the nice things in this life so he could be with the Lord. He couldn’t wait to be in His presence and the coolest new game system was a very poor imitation of that joy.
We have become so attached to the good things in this life and this body that we no longer yearn for the next. I’m not saying we should want to die or hurry that process up. We’ve got a purpose here! We’re ambassadors for Christ! We represent Him and persuade others to take up a sincere faith. We allow His love to control us (5.14) and throw away our old life for a brand new one inside of Christ. There is obviously a purpose while we are here, but we need to remember that we won’t be here long. Paul referred to this body I’m sitting in now as a tent in 5.1. I’m not staying somewhere very long if I’m sleeping in a tent. In fact, they were made to be mobile. Brick and mortar were made to provide a lasting place, not canvas. We need to remember the comforts I have here are (1) not really mine. I’m just leasing them from the Father so I can bring honor to Him. (2) They are not always going to be here. One day it will be time for us to pick up this tent we’re living in and move on. Make sure that you’re yearning for a new place to be, not comfortable right where you are.