Looking Ahead

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Two things about tents are evident. First, they are weak. In spite of their resilience against wind and weather, their walls are thin, they are kept up with poles instead of beams, and they have no foundation. Secondly, tents are usually a temporary form of housing. We may live in one for a while but usually with an eye toward home. Hebrews 11 speaks of Abraham living in tents, but always looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Paul refers to our human bodies as tents. He is teaching us that, in spite of a strange toughness, our bodies are weak. Accidents, disease, and decay do their work and soon the body is no more. Psalm 90 says that we are like the new grass of the morning “by evening it is dry and withered.” Isn’t it true that life on earth is more of a tenting trip than a permanent settlement?

How important then not to invest everything in tents that will soon be packed away. Our bodies are wonderful gifts from God requiring much care. They serve our needs well. But to invest all of life in their gratification is foolishly to invest all of life in a pup tent. Live instead with an eye to the future. Lay up treasure for your eternal house!


Gracious God, help us to plan and live for our permanent house, not the temporary tent. In Jesus’ name. Amen.