Where Do You Pitch Your Tent?

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by sweetiepie, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. sweetiepie

    sweetiepie New Member

    Where Do You Pitch Your Tent?

    "Now we know that if the earthly tent
    we live in is destroyed, we have a
    building from God, an eternal house in
    heaven, not built byhuman hands"
    (2 Corinthians 5:1).

    Paul uses the word "tent" to describe our
    physical bodies. This suggests two things.
    First of all, our bodies are only temporary.
    Nomads use tents because they don't stay in
    one place long but are only passing through.
    This describes us. Our sojourn on earth is
    brief and we will, some day, move on.

    Secondly, I think about how lowly and humble
    a tent is. It's serviceable, but it isn't a
    thing of great beauty. And, because my
    particular "tent" has been ravaged with pain
    and illness, I am looking forward to leaving
    it behind.

    In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explains what our
    bodies will be like in the next life. Those
    of us who know Jesus can look forward to
    the day when we have "imperishable bodies"
    that Paul says will be raised "in glory and
    in power" (1 Corinthians 15:41,42). "While
    we are in this tent, we groan and are
    burdened", (2 Corinthians 5:4), but our
    resurrected bodies will never experience
    suffering again.

    It's interesting that the Greek word that
    Paul uses for "tent" in these passages from
    the Second Letter to the Corinthians is the
    same word used in John 1:14 where it says
    that Jesus "made his dwelling among us".
    Literally, this phrase can be translated as
    Jesus "pitched his tent among us". As His
    tent was destroyed, so will ours be. But,
    more importantly, as He rose from the dead
    never to die again, so, too, do we have that
    miracle awaiting us when we accept Him into
    our hearts. This is a guarantee from God.
    (2 Corinthians 5:5).

    Friends, if your "tent" is a bit faded and
    worn and patched and doesn't keep the rain
    out like it used to, remember that it is only
    temporary and that God promises to resurrect
    you and give your spirit a new heavenly
    dwelling if you will allow Him through faith.
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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Mary Lou Cornish has chronic pain syndrome and
    fibromyalgia. She has temporarily pitched her
    tent in Canada and is looking forward to having
    that imperishable body in the next life.

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    Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people
    Who live with chronic illness or pain.
  2. Jaimy

    Jaimy New Member

    thanks for posting.......

    Love,
    Jaimy