so we are always of good courage. we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,  for we walk by faith, not by sight.  yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  so whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.  for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. [2 corinthians 5:6–10]
our time in this body matters. the decisions you make, the moves you take will be judged one day by Christ the messiah. now i am not telling you this so you can live a life of works. grace abounds. but this time, and this body are a gift.
“lest we become so enraptured with this splendid future that we lose all interest in the present, the apostle wisely reminds us that the key to this future is in our present experience.” -ray stedman
we are confident with courage in this life, in these bodies, though we are wasting away. God wants to be a part of your life now. he wants to be in your actions, your decisions. not to be a dictator, but in order for you to experience him. we live for the pleasure of our king, because he is the perfect king. think of walking in to meet a king, the regality, the pomp, all the room in order for the royalty. now imagine the king seeing you and forgoing all the circumstance to run and embrace you. that’s what drawing into his presence is. and, we need his presence in order to make our time in this body count. run to your father today. repent of your sin, worship him, sit in the presence of your father.
~ holly russell