So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
Please read 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:8. Paul helps his readers understand why he lives the way he does. He walks by faith, not sight. Previously, in 4:16-18, Paul indicated the need to fix one’s gaze on the things that are unseen, not the things that are seen, because the unseen things are eternal. Paul lives with an eternal perspective. You see it in his writings and the living out of his ministry. He lives in the present for Jesus so that he may impact the future for Jesus. Nothing else is of any consequence to him (Acts 20:24). That is how he can maintain good courage, confidence. He knows that he can serve the Lord now, in this body, in preparation for serving him forever in his new, glorified body. In using the analogy of home and away, it is important to see that Paul is not indicating that he was not currently with Christ, but that by faith he knows there is more of a presence with the Lord that will be possible when this mortal body is glorified. While in this world, he can be in Christ and Christ in him, but in his heavenly dwelling he will be home with the Lord, not distanced by sin, the world, and the flesh. Faith allows him to walk with confidence in this world even in the midst of trials, sufferings, ailments, adversities, and opposition. He keeps his eyes fixed on the prize (Philippians 3:12-15). Many times, the things of this world can capture us and distract us from the way we are to walk. We need to be walking by faith with an eternal perspective. Like Paul, we need to see our fullness in this life come as we live it for Jesus, preparing to be home with him. Are you walking by faith or by sight? How does that impact how you live each day of your life in your work, your school, your home? How does it impact the decisions you make about what to buy, where to live, where to work, and why you live and work?