Today’s Scripture: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 1 Corinthians 15:54
Personally, I just don’t understand the fashion industry. Take skinny jeans, for example, I just can’t get into them…figuratively and literally! There are a number of fashion trends you could be into right now, but what would you think if I told you I knew exactly what you were wearing today? Honestly, I do know what you are wearing—a tent. Now, before you get offended, I want you to keep reading.
As Christians, we each have a soul living in a tent as we operate in the terrestrial world. Paul, the penman of Corinthians, was a tent maker by trade and possessed a good deal of knowledge about having a tent as a temporary home. Several years ago, my wife and I had our own experience when we decided to spend two nights in a tent with our two young daughters. That evening we settled in and were just about to fall asleep when we realized we had pitched our tent near a very noisy highway. As if that were not enough to keep the four of us awake, we also discovered we were by an air force base as well as a train track. To top it all off, we were pummeled by a thunderstorm. Let’s just say we were definitely looking forward to returning to our real home!
2 Corinthians 5:1‑2 states, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.” The word “tabernacle” refers to a tent, the temporary dwelling place of the Lord. Here we are told by a tent maker that we are a tabernacle, a temporary body not meant for eternity. In this verse, the word “dissolved” literally means to take the tent down which reminds us that we are only visitors here. In the twinkling of an eye, we are going to receive an incorruptible fashion, a heavenly body, and a new citizenship.
Today, I want to encourage you and remind you that one day we will no longer have a body with aches and pains. There will be no cancer, no joint replacement surgeries, no diabetes and no suffering. Like Paul, you may have a desire to depart, but no matter what state your body is in now, you are able to glorify the Lord and know that things are only going to get better after this life (Philippians 1:20-23). Although you may wish you could take your tent down now, remember there is much left to be done and many souls yet to be won.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.