When Christ returns
So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:6-9
From the text, the Apostle Paul expressed his longing that one day he will see the Lord Jesus Christ face to face. He described that day for those that believed in Christ as the day they “will be at home with the Lord.” Home is not just about a place but a relationship. You are home wherever it is with people you love and you care for. This is why Christians will always be longing for the day when they are absent in the body and present with the Lord. This longing is based on a sure hope made by Christ Himself. “He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” (Revelations 22:20). Paul’s goal in life whether in this body or at home with the Lord is “to please God.” This should be the goal of every believer. It is not about doing great things for God but a willingness to be faithful in doing little things. It is about practicing daily living the life Christ gave, learning and applying the truths already learned from His word. Christ is more interested in how you are becoming a faithful and growing child of God. It means overcoming obstacles in life by submitting to His will and recognizing that God wants you to learn from those difficulties in life. Pleasing God is about being good stewards of all He gives you. Using the resources He provides in serving Him regularly. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). One day, you will give an account to what have you done for the life God gave you. “But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done... if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames” (1 Corinthians 3:13, 15). Count each day as a gift, be grateful and use it to serve Him. Always live your new life in Christ with the goal of pleasing Him so that when you see Him face to face, He will say to you having full of praise, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matthew 25:21).