“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
It can be easy to become discouraged in this world. Storms come and knock us off of our feet. The Scriptures tell us how we can overcome trials. The key is to keep a heavenly perspective. The apostle Paul encourages us to keep focused on eternity. He tells the Philippians to focus on their heavenly citizenship. He reminds the Corinthians of the incredible reward God has prepared for those that love Him. But this focus does not happen automatically. It is a choice. Paul exhorted the church at Colossae to set their minds on things that are above.
Where’s your focus? In our readings this past week Jesus commands us to value the eternal over the external because the external, temporal things will not survive. Your soul is what will continue on to eternity. Live in light of eternity. Focus on spending eternity with the one who loves you.