2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Our earthly bodies grow older and frailer by the day. That’s just a fact – we can see it. What believers don’t see is that their inner man is being renewed each day. By God’s grace there is new life on the inside of the believer and it is getting livelier by the day, just the opposite to our physical bodies. This passage acknowledges that there will be troubles and suffering but as believers we are not to let these things overwhelm us. Paul encourages us to get some eternal perspective and not to focus on temporary things. We are also told that we will receive new bodies in heaven.
This Scripture is a strong reminder of the growing life within us as Christians and more importantly our ultimate destination, heaven for all eternity. It’s very easy to get caught up with the day to day issues of here and now. Our five senses seem to download the temporary stuff 24/7 causing us to forget the unseen or eternal things to which we are destined. Paul has given us an important reminder as to what Christians are called to focus upon. As Christians we have been granted temporary planet earth visas. We are just passing through! We are not aiming for permanent residency down here so don’t get too familiar with all the goings on, it’s unnecessary and throws us off course. Once you meet Jesus your destination is heaven, lets remind ourselves and one another of this often. Think I need to read this passage frequently!
Dear God, thank you, that as we trust in you we are being renewed each day. Please help me not to get caught up in temporary things, show me what is eternal so I can focus on those things. Amen
Written by Ainslie Woods