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What is Unseen is Eternal

Jan 08, 2016 07:31 PM PST

Investments, trustfunds and security services are in trend now as we realize that nothing in this world can last forever. Even our very plans, dreams and ambitions changes and we can never solely rely on these things. If we come to think of it, it's really a painful realization that what we might be working all our lives would just be gone for an instant and all the hardships that we have been through just to ensure everything would be futile. If everything in this world is just available for a limited time, what can we ever hope for for the future?

In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul describes to us the harships of being an apostle of Christ. He said, "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." In this we can see that even the apostle Paul who have dedicated his life for the proclamation of Jesus as Lord to the first churches have never been this easy. Just as we are experiencing right now, apostle Paul have also experienced. But let us not focus more on the sufferings of apostle Paul because that is also not the thing that he is emphasizing on this chapter. If we are to think of every work that would be too hard to accomplish, I think we would have a common question: "Will it all be worth it?" 

The future is not ours to decide. And in this world that is constantly changing, in which we are also bounded, we can say that we cannot hold on to the things that we have as of now. But the apostle Paul boldly pointed out at the end of 2 Corinthians 4 that the work for our mission will never be a punch in the air. As it was written in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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."

As we work for the Kingdom of God, may we be also like apostle Paul that is not holding on to what is temporary but on to what is eternal. Let us diligently work for the spreading of the Good News that Jesus came to this world to save us because of His great love. For we are not working for what is unsure but what for what is eternal and that eternal glory can never be compared as to what awaits those who steadfastly strive for His work!