Billions of dollars are spent each year in the pharmaceutical, health and wellness, and cosmetic industries by millions of people just like you and me—people who are hoping to keep their clay bodies alive and looking and feeling just a little bit better for a little while longer. If we are honest, is it possible that these people are not really like you or me, but that they are you and me?
When I was in my late teens, I remember going camping with a couple of friends of mine. We swam in the lake, hiked the trails, cooked our meals over the fire, and went canoeing. It was an adventure, and it was fun.
We also lived in a tent for a few days. While living in a tent has its own charm, there was nothing quite like coming home and sleeping in my own bed surrounded by the four walls of a house. Actually, after living in a tent for a number of days, living in a house with all the luxuries therein was pure delight!
2 Corinthians 5:1-4 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
If the Bible is true, then my current body is a mere tent in comparison to the house of my eventual resurrection body. And just as a tent is meant to be a temporary dwelling place and a house a permanent residence, so this body is only meant to last for a season. I have been designed to lay aside this tent at my death and take up residence in my house at the Resurrection. What a day that will be!
Some people invest more resources (time, energy, money) into their tents than others, but no one has unlimited resources. Please don't misunderstand. We need to keep our tents in good repair. After all, we have to live in them for a lifetime. However, are we spending a disproportionate amount of our limited resources on tents?