GET MUCH LONGER VISION
We live in a very visual world. Instant gratification is fed by things we see, whether food, clothing, cars, and of course, every new electronic gadget. The problem with all these things is that, while some are necessary, they are temporal. They last for a short time and then are gone.
Paul reminds us that “the things that are seen are transient [temporary, or lasting only a very short time], but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18b). How do we get this perspective when we are surrounded by what can be seen?
Backing up one chapter, we see Paul giving us part of the answer to this question. “We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18). The change of perspective begins by changing our primary occupation. The more we fix our gaze on the glory of Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), the more we are “being transformed.”
This will not happen all at once. It is a process that takes place as we continue to fill our spiritual vision with the person of Jesus. It is “from one degree of glory to another” as we persist in changing the direction of our eyes to what is “unseen.”
What are you looking at? Things and people are temporal. The work of the Spirit in people is eternal. Set your heart on building them up in faith and obedience by doing it first in yourself. There is one more thing that will change when you make this adjustment. Your rewards will no longer be things, but Christ!
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