Reading the fifth chapter of 2Corinthians is like drinking out of a fire hose. There is a ton of stuff packed into this short chapter of Scripture.
There’s the reminder that one day I will be absent from the body and “at home” with the Lord (5:8) . . . that I will put on my “heavenly dwelling” (5:2) . . . a “building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (5:1). That God has prepared immortality for this mortal man (5:4). Talk about being forward thinking!!! And there’s more. Beyond what awaits me, there’s a reminder of what should control me . . . the love of Christ (2:14). The love shown in the “One who died for all” (2:14-15) . . . the One through whom “God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them” (5:19). A love shown to the world . . . a love which profoundly impacted my life . . . God having reconciled me to Himself through Christ (5:18). How? “He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (5:21). Reconciled and righteous . . . controlled by the love of Christ . . . waiting for a new home. That’s me! Praise God! Yup, a ton of good stuff in 2Corinthians Five!
And buried in the middle of all this is a pretty simple . . . but pretty profound “so what?” How does someone respond to such a reality?
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. (2Corinthians 5:9 ESV)
How’s that for something to “lock and load” on? How’s that for a life’s mission statement? To please Him!
Not too complicated really . . . not a lot of “dos and don’ts” at play . . . just a foundational response to all that Christ is . . . and all that Christ has done . . . and all that awaits us as reconciled and righteous sinners saved by grace.
To please Him . . . what a driving force . . . what a defining context . . . what a direction setting determination.
Consider it the “home setting” on our life’s GPS. When all is said and done, what do I want my life to accomplish? To be well pleasing to Him! What footprints do I want to leave behind? That I lived a life, as much as lied within me, which was acceptable and honoring to my Savior. When asked what motivated me? That I might one day hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” That’s what I want to take aim on.
But as I think about such a whole-hearted, single-focused desire being my foundational driving force, I realize how double-minded and wavering and flakey I can be. How easy it is for other things to become that inner “true North” . . . how distracted I can become by other “priorities” . . . how my aim can get thrown off as other “targets” catch my eye. I guess that’s why I need to keep coming back to the Book. Why I need to keep asking the Spirit to show me afresh the wonders of my God . . . and the redeeming work of my Savior. That, in doing so, it renews that desire to respond . . . it recalibrates the target on my radar . . . it refocuses me on the prize set before me. Such that I determine afresh to take aim on living a life that pleases Him.
Only by His grace . . . all for His glory.