Focus on the Eternal


2 Corinthians 4:16-18


While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal,” 2 Corinthians 4:18.



If one of your friends or family members were in an auto accident, what do you think would be the first question you would ask? Would you first ask how the wreck happened? Would you first ask what the damage was to the vehicle? Or would you first ask if your friend or loved one was injured? Undoubtedly, if your friend or loved one is in an accident, your very first inquiry will be, “Are you okay?” At the end of the day, it really does not matter exactly how the accident happened or how badly the vehicle was damaged. If someone you love is in danger, you will be most concerned about his health and safety.


As we walk through life, it is important to keep a similar perspective. There is no doubt that life will have its painful moments, especially if we are Christ followers. God has us as His children on a course through life with the intent of transforming us into the image of His Son. On this course of holiness, we will receive many bumps and bruises, but they serve to mold us further into a resemblance of Jesus. In those difficult times, we would be wise to remind ourselves though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. In difficult times, we have the option of focusing on the temporary things—our sufferings, strugglings and the shortcomings of this present age. If our focus is only on what we can see with our eyes, we will certainly lose heart. Thankfully, by faith, we have the option of focusing on eternal things—the full restoration of all things at the resurrection to come, and the sure fulfillment of God’s purposes for history. When our perspective is eternal, the temporary becomes bearable.





Will you focus on the eternal things today?


Mark Clements




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