So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2Co 4:18 NLT
Oh, my goodness! I have never in all of my days felt such a need to meditate on this verse.
Years ago, while in high school, our pastor came to our youth group to give a talk. Although I would like to say I remember much of what he said, I do not. He said one thing that stuck with me, and here many years later, I remember it well. Pastor Mike said that although we think this world is our reality, it is not. This world is temporal, and soon we will be in our forever home- with Jesus experiencing actual reality.
Now, this may be hard for you to grasp or believe. I get that. I, too, struggled with that idea, especially in my younger years when I wanted to live a full life, get married, and have babies. I liked this world being my reality. But this year has changed that for me. This past year has had so many troubles and sorrows, and all of this hardship has made me thankful that this sorrowful and sad earth is not my forever home. I am so grateful that my reality is eternal. I am thankful that my forever home won’t have pandemics, political disagreements, disasters, or riots. I am genuinely excited that my forever home will be without tears and devoid of fears.
One of the sayings I have heard describing Christians is that we can be so heavenly minded we are of no earthly good. You know, spending all our time gazing at Jesus, wishing for heaven, but not living like a believer here and now. Of course, I can certainly understand why some people can think this, but for folks who are genuinely focusing on Jesus and living by the Spirit, this assessment should not ring true. Why? Because a believer living like Jesus is one who extends love, is kind, serves others, and is exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in their day-to-day life, and using their spiritual gifts here and now. Although their focus is on Jesus, they desire to serve in this world as Jesus did.
The truth is this world is not my forever home, but I will do my best to represent Jesus to those around me while I am here. Paul said we are ambassadors for Christ, so my calling, for now, is to live like Jesus. And if you are a believer in Jesus, that is your calling too!
Now that I am older, I get what Pastor Mike meant when he said this world is not reality, but a day is coming when we will experience an amazing and happy reality in the presence of our Holy, Righteous, Abba Father, in all his glory. There will be a day when this world as we know it will be closed and there will be a new heaven and a new earth. a wonderful truth for the believer in Jesus!
Until then- let’s remember…So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2Co 4:18 NLT