This will be the last Morning Brew for the foreseeable future. I’ve enjoyed writing it, but it hasn’t gotten the traction I was hoping for. Thanks everyone!
Do you live by faith or by sight? I know that seems easy to answer as a Christian, we should all live by faith, right? But let’s dig a little deeper. In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul gives us the famous statement to live by faith, not by sight. But the context is slightly different than what you might expect. Paul gives us this incredible statement in the midst of a longing to be in heaven:
6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.Living by faith isn’t just a mere belief in God. Many people (including non-Christians) have that. The thrust behind living by faith is to be overwhelmed with a longing to be reunited with our Savior in heaven. It’s keeping the hope and the promise of heaven so tangible in the forefront of our mind that everything else in life is filtered through that.
So perhaps the better question is: how often do you long for heaven? Do the things of this world hold more appeal than the longing of life eternal with Jesus? Which excites you more? That will help you discern whether you’re truly living by faith (longing for heaven) or by sight (longing for this world).
Prayer: God, open my eyes to behold your beauty, and may everything else fade against that backdrop. Help me to live by faith, not by sight.