2 Corinthians 5:6-10
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Pastor Ben’s Commentary:
This may sound like kind of a morbid question, but have you ever had someone close to you die? I have a couple of times. What happens to us when we die? It’s an important question.
The Bible says in this passage that those who have faith in God in life need to know what is going to happen to them. To be “absent from the body” (physical death) means that we are present with the Lord. There is no in-between place. (v.6-8).
The author then goes on to explain that because we believe that one day we will be with God, we want to be ready to see Him. (v.9-10) Let me explain: My parents used to leave Shad and I at home by ourselves from time to time. Many times when they left us they would give us a list of chores to get done.
Now if I knew that my parents would be back soon, we wouldn’t mess around too much and would get right to work on the list because I knew I’d see them soon and answer to them for what I did.
But sometimes when I knew they’d be gone all day I would procrastinate. I’d play video games, or watch tv and waste time. Then I’d look up at the clock and realize-“Oh No-they’ll be back in 20 minutes and I still have to do all this stuff!” Of course when I messed around they always came back early. I’d hear the garage door come up and I knew I was in trouble.
What’s my point? When I was realistic about the fact that my parents would come home and hold me accountable for what I did it would impact how I behaved.
The author is telling us-One day you will stand before God and give an account for what you did right and what you did wrong. The believer won’t have to pay for their sins, Jesus already did that. But you will give an account to God for what you did and did not do.
1. When people die they will either be with the Lord or separated from Him. You are not your body. Everyone lives forever somewhere. This gives hope to people of faith, and should also be a sobering thought for us as well.
2. Even believers, who will spend eternity with God, are still accountable for the way we live. We will face Jesus one day. That will be really cool, but it is also really serious too. We want to meet him knowing that we did a good job with what was given to us.
If you had to stand before God today, would you know that you are ready? Would you be ashamed of how you lived, or excited to meet Him?