Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 5 that we currently live in a tent, but we have a house in heaven. Instead of living to take care of your tent, live to prepare your house in heaven.
This is great advice! If we understood the eternalness of eternity and the temporalness of everything on earth, our priorities in life would shift immediately.
“If you love the world or the things of the world the love of the Father is not in you,” is how John puts it. “No man can serve two masters, he will love the one and hate the others, no man can serve God and mammon (money, earthly stuff),” is how Jesus puts it.
Paul says, “We would rather be absent from the body and present with the Lord, so we labor that whether present or absent, we are accepted of Him.”
I love this idea. I love it for its simplicity in calling us to lay hold of eternal life, to glory in nothing but the Lord. I love it for its counter-cultural, rebellious, non-conformist, nothing binds me mentality.
I love it because it backs up an old prejudice I have against camping. Who wants to sleep in a stinking old tent when I can go home and sleep in my house? Is this not why I bought a house?
Live for the house, not the tent.