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Just Camping Out

Posted: Monday, August 31

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Job 37:1-39:30
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10
Psalm 44:9-26
Proverbs 22:13

 

Verse of the day:

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. (2 Corinthians 5:1)


As a family, some of our best vacation memories have involved tents, sleeping bags, camp fires, gas stoves, and friends. And the only place you can find all this fun is at a camp ground. If you’ve camped out more than once than maybe you share some of our same experiences: soaked sleeping bags after a night of rain, accidentally starting a fire in the camp trash bin, melting a hole in our tent (won’t give you all the details of that one), or having other rowdy campers (not naming names Pastor Josh) that keep you up most of the night. Sounds fun, huh?

 

 

Now, I like camping but I’d prefer the Ritz Carlton, a Hyatt Park Place, or maybe even a Marriot and I think most people feel the same. The Apostle Paul likened life on earth in the bodies we now live in to camping and I think he might be closer to the truth than he realized. Our lives here have challenges; we face fierce storms, weird people, ripped zippers, and wild animals. Oh yes, there are great days in this life but the comparison he makes differs widest between the “here and now” of earth and the “there and then” of heaven; and in that “switch over” from here to there, we will upgrade from a tent that needs patching to a mansion (a glorified body) that will never fail. Heaven is literally beyond imagination!

 

 

Our world has this all backwards. You see, our culture tells us that we are bodies that have a soul; this world emphasizes the tent- what it looks like and how it operates. But God’s Word says that we are souls that have a body; in other words, what’s most important is what’s on the inside, the part that lasts forever. And though our tents aren’t unimportant, they aren’t all important.

 

 

So, instead of asking about your tent, let me ask, “How’s your soul?” If you spend more time thinking, worrying, or working on your tent rather than your soul, let me challenge you to flip that around. If your fixated with the parts of your tent that are broken, unlovely, or in pain, thank God for the future He’s promised you. For some believers, the first time they will ever walk will be on the streets of gold – that will be amazing! But for all believers, when we step into heaven, we will stand in awe of the One who performs this final, miraculous work. So hold on tight, because “the best is yet to come!”