Sparkles and Glitter

Your eyes will have a feast when you meet my granddaughter Hailie. Nine years old, cute, bright, and sweet to the core, she loves clothes. Clothes with colors! And, colors all mixed together in ways that beg for sunglasses. Did I mention sparkles and glitter?

“Clothes make the man,” we say. They project an image; they tell a story. They give us confidence when we walk into a room. To be without clothes in public is unacceptable—or it used to be so. The Apostle Paul, ever illustrating spiritual truth in vivid word pictures, mixes his metaphors and joins together garments and buildings and tents, “For we know that if the tent (our bodies) that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building (resurrection body) from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked” (2 Corinthians 5:1-3, ESV).

We spend a lot of money and time to hide our groaning.

Consider a tent and the time Doug and I went hiking for two days and one night in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Spectacular mountain vistas were our delight all day long on the first day. But that one night lasted forever. It was scary. Dark and cold, we couldn’t see or feel our hands in front of us. Bears anyone? It rained all night—all night. And speaking of scary, in the middle of the night King Kong walked right by our tent. There is no doubt in my mind the guy outside was eight feet tall and carried an axe. He never stopped. Our tent, already cold and dark, felt very unprotected and vulnerable.

I am at a season of life where, with Paul, I do a fair amount of groaning (v. 3). But my new body is coming! Frailties cast aside, I long for the promised, everlasting body that will be permanent. Tents are temporary; buildings endure. Our resurrection bodies will be buildings from God that will be like Jesus’ and, joyfully, will never groan.

Please don’t misunderstand: Our earthly bodies are important. We bring glory to God in our bodies. They are not evil. Note to those who struggle with how God made them: You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)! And, as the Spirit of God will say later in the context of 2 Corinthians 5, we serve God and others with our bodies, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

Clothes, tents, and buildings are accommodations by God to help illustrate our unimaginable, impenetrable resurrection bodies. Our groaning will be turned into praises and our tents with made brand new!

I’m not sure our resurrection bodies will have sparkles and glitter. Hailie hopes so.

Maybe she is on to something…

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