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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

2 Corinthians 5:5-6

"Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord."

Have you ever been away from home at Christmas time? Back in 1966 I was away from family and home as I served an unaccompanied tour with the US Air Force in St. Anthony, Newfoundland.

I made many wonderful friends and had a wonderfully warm and secure room. The meals were well prepared and from all outward appearances I should not have lacked anything—but it wasn’t home!

One Sunday evening a few days before Christmas, I was invited to the home of the administrator of the mission hospital in St. Anthony. There were doctors and nurses from all over the world. We shared testimonies and sang Christmas carols.

When we sang “Silent Night” someone suggested that those from other nations sing it in their own language. As they sang in their native tongue, tears would flow freely down their cheeks. There was joy in the room, but something vital was missing—we were all far from home.

Recently I watched a TV documentary on the construction of a new and modern airline terminal. The man who was responsible for the décor of the large atrium made this statement: “People would not want to live in a museum, but they would like to live in a garden.”

It made me stop and meditate on his statement. I think he was wrong—people may have the most appealing location for a house, but that does not make a home. It is not the location of a house or even its luxury that brings joy—it is what is on the inside.

The same is true for true believers. As the words of the old gospel song say; “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heavens open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

We may not feel totally at home in this world, but the Lord has work for us to do. I think Paul says it best in 2 Corinthians 5:6-9: “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil

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--- Pastor Cecil


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