The Ultimate Threshold
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 2 Corinthians 5:2-4 What's your favorite place to shop? Or beyond that, what's the place where you wish you could shop, but you can't afford it? What if someone went there for you and got you the best clothes, the best coat, the best suit that the store has to offer?
Well, let me tell you that someone has already done this for you. His name is Jesus, and He has bought you clothes so wonderful that you can't find the like of them anywhere on earth. Here's the thing-once upon a time, in the beginning, Adam and Eve were naked, and they were okay with that. In fact, I think they were pretty much ignorant of it, because they were spiritually clothed. But when they sinned, their spiritual covering fell off and they then had shame in their physical nakedness. At first they had a good naked, but then they had a bad naked. A day is coming when we will all have the good naked again, being able to stand before God Himself fully clothed in Him and unashamed of our nakedness.
But God promises us more than that. He promises that we will be so clothed in Him that the mortality of our current bodies will be swallowed up in life! How's that for a word picture? Paul paints for us a picture of life so strong, so big, so powerful, and so complete that it swallows up the mortality, weakness, and slow decay of this body!
What is it in this body that you have longed to leave behind? What nagging injury have you had? Tired of headaches? Tired of stress? I'll tell you what, I'm tired of being bald! All of this is coming to an end. God has wonderful new bodies for us in Heaven and more beautiful clothes than you could ever imagine.
This is the life that is waiting for us-the life of Christ in Heaven.
Prayer Father God,
Thank You for Your promises of Heaven! Thank You that there is more to being Yours than just what I have experienced so far in this life. Please help me to live all You have for me in this life as I eagerly wait for all You have for me in Heaven!