“It Will Be Worth It ALL!”
We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.
Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:8, 9, 16-18
Living a Christian life is NOT for wimps. Paul is telling the believers in Corinth, that even though they are pressured in EVERY way, they are NOT crushed. They may be perplexed but they are NOT in despair. They may be persecuted but they will NOT be abandoned. And they may be struck down, but they are NOT destroyed. Paul and his fellow believers were experiencing all of the above, but Paul was NOT going to give in to the PRESSURES, PERPLEXITIES, PERSECUTIONS, and being STRUCK DOWN. He was assured of his eternal glory, through the work of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and he was DETERMINED to press on.
Paul was experiencing some pretty intense sufferings, but his HEART and MIND was not focused on what was seen. He physically was being wasted away, but spiritually he was being RENEWED daily. He is telling us to NOT give up, but to “fight the good fight” and to FOCUS on what is ETERNAL, and NOT TEMPORAL. He is saying that our afflictions here on earth are incomparable to the UNSEEN glory that awaits us.
As TRUE believers we will face adversities and experience sufferings, but we are to walk by faith and NOT by sight. We are to guard our hearts and not let them be ruled by fear. We are to BELIEVE in the UNSEEN and trust in GOD for our eternal glory. This life is TEMPORARY and is based on what is SEEN, but what takes place when we leave this life, is ETERNAL and is based on our FAITH in GOD, and is UNSEEN or in UNBELIEF and what is SEEN.
Those who have not given their HEART and LIFE to God, will face the condemnation of a RIGHTEOUS God, and will exchange their so-called “good life” which is TEMPORARY for a life that is full of MISERY, PAIN, TORTURE, TORMENT, and SUFFERINGS, which are ETERNAL, it will NEVER cease. If you are in this group of people, you are NOW given the opportunity to CHANGE your destination and focus on the ETERNAL things and NOT on the TEMPORAL things. You do that by: CONFESSING your sins to God, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and focus on the UNSEEN, ETERNAL glory that awaits you when you are finished with this TEMPORARY life. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!