I arrived at church yesterday morning, exhausted, fed up with my boys squabbling and moaning about helping, desperately wanting Pete’s PhD to have already been submitted. This last week instead of being back to normal routines of school and work, 2 of the boys have been home vomiting. Needless to say, it was not the start to term I was hoping for!
This September we have been focusing at Christ Church Cambridge on what being church is. We have looked at belonging, all of us being necessary parts of the body. So I let people see me crying and encouarge me. There is no neex to put up a front.
Yesterday the focus was maturity. It was such a timely reminder for me as we studied 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 that of course living in this world doesn’t feel like it should because ‘our tent here’ will be destroyed. We need to be looking to Christ in faith as we mature in him, studying his word and by his spirit developing his characteristics as we interact with others.
2 Corinthians 5 New International Version)
Awaiting the New Body
5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
So as we go into a new week, not knowing what it will hold, we will hold onto the things of this world lightly knowing our home is ultimately with Christ in heaven. Our home is not Cambridge, England or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our physical possessions that we need to get rid of here can’t come to heaven, so we don’t need to be sentimenal here (although it is right to grieve).
Please pray for us in these next 11 days, as Pete meets the university submission deadline. Pray we would have the Holy Spirits strength for all that living in this fallen world throws at us.