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16. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Life advice is great. Finding the right life advice, however, is not so great, because it’s difficult to decipher what’s good advice and what is not.
That’s why we turn our attention to the Bible, because God’s word will never disappoint by giving life advice that sucks! The advice we get from this book is always good, always right, and almost always hard to accept.
But we try to accept it anyway, because we know that if we do accept its advice, our lives reap better and stronger benefits.
So today, on this glorious Monday afternoon, I want to share with you what I got out of the 3 verses printed at the top of this post.
Here goes! 🙂
1. Appearance (vs. 16)
We always occupy ourselves with our appearances. Why we’re wired that way, I’m not entirely sure, but it gets pretty intense. The older we get, the more we worry. And the more we worry, the worse it gets. So we begin to worry about what worrying is doing to our appearance. Then we realize we are worrying about worrying, which just makes us worry all the more. And so now we are caught up in this vicious cycle of worrying about worrying about worrying. Just writing this is frustrating.
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Point of this? Verse 16 says that even though the structure of our body is getting older (wasting away…yikes), our soul and mind renew each day. So, we have to put aside our petty priorities of looking good, and start focusing on what really matters, being ever so thankful that the most important part of us is and will keep on being renewed if we allow God to work in us.
2. Treasures (vs. 17)
Now, when I said that we always occupy ourselves with our appearances, I didn’t just mean bodily. Somehow we always worry about our financial appearances as well. For example: Let’s say you’re thinking about buying a new car. You know what you can afford, you know what the responsible choice is, and yet somehow you make a loan, you buy something way out of your price range, and you’re in debt for what seems like forever. But at least you’re keeping up appearances, right?
Oh. come on! This is even more petty then worrying about bodily appearances. Who cares if you’re not Bill Gates? Verse 17 makes it pretty clear that the “treasures” you should really be after aren’t the ones that are shiny, new, and expensive, but rather the ones you achieve by getting through the tough times. Treasures like these (in my opinion) include: growing stronger and apprehending knowledge and wisdom and faith and love.
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3. Faith (vs. 18)
The first two verses talk about what you should focus on, and the 18th verse says that what you should focus on is unseen. It’s hard, because who doesn’t love seeing that shiny new car sitting in one’s driveway? It’s a lot easier to have faith in that shiny piece of metal, then to have faith in things that you can’t physically see.
That’s the challenge! Believe in the unseen. It’s hard, but if everything in this life was easy, what fun would that be?
It’s okay if you’re not perfect and if you sometimes fail. What’s not okay is if you keep on placing your worth and your faith in the things that are seen, and brush off the far more valuable things that are unseen (things that build your faith).