S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body. 2 Corinthians 5:1–10 NLT
How should a believer embrace the idea that “the best is yet to come”?
How is the Holy Spirit bringing 1) comfort in your struggle, and 2) hope for your eternal future?
Are you experiencing a growing confidence in Jesus?
What does Paul suggest our goal as believers should be, and is that your focus?
Lord, thank you for filling me with optimism and confidence through your Holy Spirit. Thank you for giving me everything I need and so much more than I deserve. Teach me to set my eyes on Heaven so I can be a blessing to others here on earth.