April 12, 2018
2 Corinthians 4:16… 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 us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the thing that are seen but to the thing that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
The first thing that hits me this morning, from this portion of scripture, is the separation that exists between God and us. He is eternal; we are temporal… transient. Because of the wording, it appears that the heart hangs between the two. Though our body is wasting away, we do not lose heart. As I have gotten older, I have found myself saying, with many others, “In my mind, I feel like I am still 40 or 20 or even 50.” My body is, most certainly, wasting away. I think I thought that wouldn’t happen to me. Eternity has a new meaning now. When I was a kid, 1 year seemed like an eternity. That changed and as I grew a little bit, 10 years seemed like an eternity. I can remember thinking that 1 lifetime was an eternity. Now that I am nearing that, eternity seems unreal. Eternity is unreal, to humanity. We are not prepared for it. From the time we start learning, we notice that everything fades. Everything we can see and hear and touch, anyway. But in that same timeframe, God becomes more and more real. Time with Him, and His thoughts, awakens our hearts to eternity. As that happens, I have become more aware of the frailty of my body. It is like a worn out tent… something to throw away. But, at the same time, my tent cries for more attention. This constant struggle, Paul calls a light momentary affliction. That seems rather insensitive of him. Until we put it in the light of eternity. In light of eternity a lifetime is momentary. For those who desire it, eternity holds an eternal weight of glory. I can’t prove it, but I don’t think my body could handle an eternal weight of glory. And my body will not have to; it is transient. This presents us with a conundrum. We live in a body that is temporary, but we plan to live for eternity. We must move. We must move to the mansion that Jesus has prepared for us. Begin moving today.