2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NASB)
6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while 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 of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul continues outlining the difference between the material and the spiritual worlds that we walk in. It can be hard to accept that this earth in its present state is not our final home. We are called to participate in a spiritual realm that we cannot sense but is just as real.
We take part in this spiritual world by walking in faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is believing in something we hope for but cannot see. We long and hope to see our Savior but cannot see Him at this time so we have to come to Him in faith that He exists. By continuing in faith we strengthen our belief and encourage each other.
In his sermon, The Difference between Walking by Sight and Walking by Faith, John Wesley had this to say about those who practice walking by faith:
“They think visible things to be of small value, because they pass away like a dream; but, on the contrary, they account invisible things to be of high value, because they will never pass away.”(1)
Those who walk by faith do not pay as much heed to earthly concerns as to spiritual matters. We have a promise from our Father that He will take care of those basic needs: food, clothing and shelter.
What He’s commanded us to do is to engage in the spiritual world through our faith. This is vital to our witness for Yeshua in this world.
Keeping the invisible and eternal in sight will keep us on the right path and make our walk a testimony to those around us.
Wesley also said that they base all their judgments concerning good and evil, not with reference to visible and temporary things, but to things invisible and eternal.
Jonathan Leeman, an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D. C., puts it this way, “If the Day of Judgment barely flashes on your mental radar, you will often make the wrong calculation.”(2)
When Peter followed Yeshua out of the boat and onto the water, he was fine until he took his eyes off the object of his faith and started looking at the world around him. That was when he began to sink.
It’s when we take our eyes off the invisible and put them on what is visible that we lose sight of eternity.
Make sure to keep your eyes on Yeshua, our Messiah and Savior so your faith will grow strong.
Blessed are you, O L-rd, our G-d, King of the Universe, Who brings the eternal into our view so we can walk towards it by faith.