Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:2 Corinthians 5:6(KJV)
God breathed the breath of life into man and Adam became a living being, and life is one of the most precious things we have in this world. We desire long life, for a good and challenging life and a life that is a fulfilled life. There is much research into extending life and combating death, for God set eternity in the heart of man.
But there is much intrigue into what happens after death, for death is that looming shadow on the horizon of everyman, and yet the perspective that Paul had on life and death is far removed from the general outlook of humanity. And yet as Christians we have a confidence that is rooted and grounded in our Saviour, who broke the power of death forever. It is the Lord Jesus Who bestowed on all who trust Him as Saviour - LIFE; abundant life; life eternal.
What confident assurance we have as believers, that death is not a terror to be feared but the open door of eternal bliss into the joys of our heavenly home with our Saviour Jesus Christ. We inhabit a terrestrial tent, and while ever we occupy this earthly body we are unable to be in the presence of our glorified Saviour in heaven. And so in His grace God has given us His indwelling Holy Spirit as a pledge and guarantee that we will one day be forever with the Lord.
But for the time being let us live as unto the Lord, confident in the fact that while we are at home in this mortal body we are absent from the Lord - but the day is coming when we will step into our new celestial home and be clothed with His glorified righteousness, for we shall see Him as He is and know Him as we are known.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the confidence I have in You and Your word. Help me in this life to walk worthy of the calling You have on me, until that wonderful day when I will step out of this earthly sphere into the eternal realms of heaven - and be forever with the Lord, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.