Everyone thinks about dying. We don’t like to, but we do. But for the believer in Christ, should death hold any fear? Because of Jesus, the answer is no — death and sin are defeated, and we’ll be resurrected to be with Christ forever.
Jesus brings heart transformation, not just behavior modification.
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.
2 Corinthians 5:1-4
How should the truth about there and then change our here and now?
How do we know these things?
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.
2 Corinthians 5:5
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.
2 Corinthians 5:6-7
We don’t always know How, but we do know Who.
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8
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.
2 Corinthians 5:9-10
We are saved for a life of obedience, not a life of indifference.