Don’t Lose Heart
Have Faith in the Eternal
by J.M. Troppello
The older I get and the more I grow in my walk with the Lord, the more this passage from 2 Corinthians means to me. I got saved at the age of 14 during youth group. I’ve been a Christian now for many years. As a teenager, I didn’t always like to think about Heaven. Not because I didn’t want to go there, but because I was young and felt like my whole life was still ahead of me.
Now, as an adult, I look forward to eternity in Heaven with God. I love this passage from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18, 5:1.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.
13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (2 Cor. 4:7-18 – 5:1, NKJV)
In this passage, Paul spoke to the Corinthians and urged them not to lose heart because they would be raised up with Jesus as shown in verse 14. When your heart is focused on the glorious fact that as a Christian you will spend eternity with God in Heaven, that can make it easier to endure the hardships in this life.
Looking to Eternity
Paul described the outward man with five different words in this passage.
The earthen vessel (vs. 7)
The body (vs. 10)
Mortal flesh (vs. 11)
Earthly house (5:1)
Trials and testing are difficult as you endure them. However, they are only light and temporary compared to the glory you will see in eternity (2 Cor. 4:17).
Who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. (Mark 10:30, NKJV)
I completely understand how difficult it can be to go through trials and wait for years for answers to prayers. I’ve experienced those things just like you. Yet, when you focus on the eternal, life here on earth can become sweeter.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
That’s not a trite statement. I have seen how when my eyes are focused on God, I am able to thrive in this life – even through adversity. When my eyes are focused on the trials, I can’t thrive because I’m merely surviving through depression and anxiety.
I pray that you can find comfort in the hope of eternity through all of your trials and tribulations here on earth.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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