“For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven-God-made; not handmade – and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move- and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.” 2 Corinthians 5: 1-5 MSG
At the risk of sounding morbid, I heard a bible study teacher say how it is common to hear talk of how natural the deceased person looks at a viewing. When in reality, they look the most unnatural, because their body is a shell and empty of their soul. I think this is what Paul is talking about when he describes our bodies as earthly tents. Tents can easily be picked up and moved. They are a temporary dwelling. Because our soul doesn’t belong here.
“That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us?…The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it!” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 &17 MSG
Sometimes I don’t feel like a new creation. I find myself stuck in my old ways and old habits. That’s usually when I am looking everywhere else but Jesus. I want to be found in Him. He is my safe place. But, my human nature tells me to run to other things, or the other way. This is when I can forget His goodness and allow doubt to creep in.