We know that if the life we live here on earth is ever taken down like a tent, we still have a building from God. It is an eternal house in heaven that isn't made by human hands.
In our present tent-like existence we sigh, since we long to put on the house we will have in heaven.
After we have put it on, we won't be naked.
While we are in this tent, we sigh. We feel distressed because we don't want to take off the tent, but we do want to put on the eternal house. Then [eternal] life will put an end to our mortal existence.
God has prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit to guarantee it.
So we are always confident. We know that as long as we are living in these bodies, we are living away from the Lord.
Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight.
We are confident and prefer to live away from this body and to live with the Lord.
Whether we live in the body or move out of it, our goal is to be pleasing to him.
All of us must appear in front of Christ's judgment seat. Then all people will receive what they deserve for the good or evil they have done while living in their bodies.
As people who know what it means to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. God already knows what we are, and I hope that you also know what we are.