Whats up all, it has been awhile since the last devotion was published and I apologize for that. Before I start this off, I just ask that you all could be praying for me, just that I could be strengthened in my devotion to Christ. I just need to get back on top of reading my bible and praying daily, I slack. So if you ever remember to do so please do.
This idea is very dear to me right now, mainly because it is a struggle as well. As I have said I haven't been doing my devotions as much, and strangley enough my walk is very inconsistent. Hmmm, interesting… Anyways sometimes it just feels like it would be easier to give up, have no accountability for my actions, sounds good right? Well I have always known thats wrong, but it is made a little more obvious to me, and hopefully to you by the verses I am doing this devotion on.
For those of you who want to look it up, go to 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 good stuff.
The tent, in these verses is I believe a type for our bodies. Running with that analogy lets compare a tent and a building. A tent is something that you take on short trips, you can take it up and take it down at will, its often very frail, easily broken and not very sturdy. In contrast a building is meant to be permanent, long lasting, sturdy. So is the same with our earthy and heavenly dwelling places. Right now we are essentially on a trip, just passing through, upon "death" we will be returning home to the place Christ has prepared for us (John 14:1-3).
So, ok I get it we are just passing through, we are looking forward to our heavenly dwelling, but what about all the temptation I face daily. What about all the pressure to get involved in things I know are wrong. I guess I would ask, does the fact that we are faced with temptation daily give us a legitimate excuse to seek it out and get involved with it? My answer is no. Think of it this way, you are on a roadtrip, you pass through a city, that city is rioting because their favorite sports team lost (sadly that happens). Would it really make any sense to stop and get involved even though you have no affiliation with them? I would have to say no. It would be best to just keep on truckin.
The reward of staying clean far outweighs the rewards of falling to temptation. To possibly give you a taste of the rewards think of this. Think of those times when you just feel overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit. You have never felt joy like this, you have never felt contentment like this. That is what this (v. 5) is talking about I believe. The cool thing is, this is just a “deposit? meaning its only a hint of the total package. Wowzahh.
The scary verse in here is one of the promises (v. 10). First this is not a statement of receiving salvation or not. As I said above the benefits of "staying clean" far out way the temporary satisfaction of sin. Think of it this way. Eternal joy, peace, happiness or a temporary thrill …. tough choice.
Sin can be incredibly tempting, the media glorifies it 24 / 7. I understand that, I have falled and got back up again many times. But there is so much more to look forward to. I mean just the thought of putting a smile on Gods face is huge. I can’t even imagine having that ability, but I do. Next time you feel like the burden is to much to bare remember the benefits, trust in God he will always see you through. And one important thing to remember is (Hebrews 4:15 – 16) Christ knows what your going through, better than anyone else. We are not alone in this fight.