2 Corinthians 4:14-18
We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 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.
Today’s passage includes a line that I found convicting. That is why we never give up. Today’s passage is long but the explanation to why we never give up doesn’t need to be reiterated. It needs to be read. Jesus’s testimony of being raised up to present us to God should serve as a great motivation for us.
For a little over a year I’ve been leading a senior men small group at the church. When we catch each other up on recent personal news a lot of our conversations center on how these guys bodies are falling apart. That is for those who are in attendance – every so often some of the guys cannot attend because they are at doctors appointment having those parts put back on. Today’s passage speaks to the reality of our failing bodies and the toll time takes on us.
This passage presents us with great hope despite the potentially despairing truth of our decay. Our spirits are being renewed everyday! They should be renewed by the simple truth of our small troubles and the vast glory that outweighs those small troubles. Perspective is an important aspect to appreciating this good news. For if our troubles are small and won’t last very long yet they feel long and arduous than how much greater is the glory that is waiting for us? If what seems long is described as short than I’m sure we truly are unable to comprehend the weighty glory ahead of us.
Perspective is important as it serves as the command of this passage. If we are able to keep this truth as a fixture in the front of our minds it serves as a source peace or renewal. We may live day in and day out, we may fight through the stresses of life, go through the tiresome struggles of daily responsibility but remember: don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.