In 2 Corinthians 4:17,18 Paul says,
"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 unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." Here was a man who knew trouble in his own life for following Christ, writing to a church that needed encouragement and building up. There are three contrasts to draw out here.
- Troubles will give way to glory.
- The troubles faced are light compared to the weight of glory gained.
- The troubles are temporary; the glory is eternal.
What stops us so often from pursuing this glory with all that we have? It is because we take our eyes of Christ and no longer "fix our eyes on what is unseen". We know that he has done mighty things in this world and in our own lives. We know that he has made many promises to us and that he does not lie. Yet the troubles of this life so easily cause us to take our eyes off Him and to look around us and within ourselves to try and solve problems. When we turn our hearts and minds to Him again we are filled again with hope, joy and strength. He has faced everything and anything that we will face and He is victorious! He has defeated the power of sin and death and He fills us again and again with this power. And as we look to Him, he will help us to reach others with this wonderful news of what Christ has done. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12: 2,3