An Eternal Perspective

March 6, 2012 No Comments

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Corinthians 4:16-18

The world can seem full of troubles and fleeting glories; death, destruction, hate and violence abound. The daily news reports on the atrocities commited by mankind to ourselves. Pain comes in all shapes and sizes and it’s often tempting to loose heart as many do. Even good times and relationships can turn in a moment and leave us alone and hurting.

And yet, for the Christian there is so much more to life than what we can experience in our bodies; there is an unseen realm, as real, no, more real than this one where waiting for us is an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

The trick is to meet each glory and failure, victory and defeat in the same way; with our eyes on the eternal rather than the transient. Far easier to say than to do I admit, and yet this is what Paul in the letter to the Corinthians is urging them and us to do.

Not that our experiences here and now don’t matter, in fact, they matter so much that God himself became one of us in order to show us how to live the life that he gave us in the way he intended.

Jesus eyes were constantly fixed on eternity. His every thought, word and action was calculated for the glory of his Father.

This eternal perspective is part of the Christian world view in that it’s fundamental to our understanding of everything; placing God in his rightful place in eternity as sovereign ruler of his creation which includes the entire human race.

Although it might not appear that way from time to time, those things that we experience now, the good and the bad, are all temporary and one day will come to an end with our own death or the return of Jesus Christ and then the eternal things, those that are unseen will be revealed to us.


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