I have a Celebration of New Life service (a.k.a funeral) on Tuesday. One the the scripture texts that the family choose is 2 Corinthians 4:16 – 5:8. But the part that has caught my attention are verses 6 – 8 from chapter 5 which read as follows: “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, and not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
Notice the two phrases that I have highlighted above. Paul is not saying that while we are living in this body we are away from the Lord. On the contrary…our Lord is with us 24/7. But if we consider these bodies our “home” then we not living by faith but rather by sight. And if that be the case, then one is indeed “away from the Lord“.
You see…our true home is not here but with the Lord. This life is just a stopping off point not our true destination. On the interstate of life, this is nothing more than an attraction off the interstate or a rest stop. We are not meant to stay here but rather reach our final destination…home with the Lord. And that destination is made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Funerals are never easy as we are caught between mourning our loved ones death and celebrating the New Life we have through Jesus Christ. I will miss Cindy but I am also happy for her.
We live by faith, not by sight.
See you later, Cindy.