Renewed! – Part 3
“For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)
The apostle Paul made the seemingly outrageous claim, “we are never discouraged [emphasis added].” He said this because of the hope he had that, no matter what he was going through outwardly, he could be made new each and every day in his spiritual being—that inmost part of himself where God dwells in every Christian. You and I can have that same hope today; and that hope has the potential to change our perspective, causing us to focus on the important things in life—those that count for all eternity.
As we are being renewed inwardly day by day, we begin to have a divine perspective. We start to realize that the problems that threaten to crush us are only for a season, and that they are storing for us a weight of glory in the life to come that is greater than the weight of the mountains that at times loom before us on this side of eternity. Paul also said that “to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ.” We’re going to see Jesus face to face one day, brothers and sisters! May the Holy Spirit change our perspective by making this real to us today!
Not only do we have a different perspective when we are made brand new in our inner being every single day, but we begin to see things supernaturally and spiritually. In the natural, we only pay attention to physical things: our wallets with our credit cards and our money or lack thereof, the degree we’re trying to earn, our bank accounts, our connections; and our lives are up and down based on what we see with our physical eyes. If our joy and peace depend on these things, however, the truth is that we’re in for a long ride. The apostle Paul says the opposite. He says, “No, I don’t look at just the things that are visible. Of course, I deal with them, because I live in the real world, but my eyes are on the invisible things, because only those things are eternal.”
If you and I don’t have a divine perspective with regard to how momentary our troubles are compared to eternity, we can get so easily discouraged. And if we don’t see the invisible things with the eyes of our heart, living for those things that are real but are unseen, we will be left to concentrate on those things that can be gone in an instant. Ah, but the unseen things such as salvation and the love of God shed abroad in our hearts and faith and hope and truth and the promises of God: those are ours forever!
To be continued…
Read 2 Corinthians 4:17-5:10.