Advent: December 9

2 Corinthians 4:14, 16-18

 … we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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.

If eternity is real, then this life is less than miniscule in comparison. Paul knows this only too well – that’s why he’s prepared to go through suffering (read the roll call) for the sake of his Lord Jesus.

Paul clearly understood aging. Yet as this fades our new life grows. Eternal life does not start when mortal life ends. It starts with knowing Christ Jesus.

As we grow older, bits fall off, parts may be replaced. At the same time, our life in Jesus grows. We become more aware of the nature of eternity – after all, living in Christ means that he also lives in us by his Holy Spirit. Christ Jesus takes up residence within the physical compass of our mortal bodies. How he does that I do not know, but I might go back to our December 1 reading and consider the eternity that God has placed in my inner being. No scientist has located it, or is ever likely to, but it is there.

Day by day we may grow and mature in faith and spiritual life, keeping our eyes on what is not visible, but is known and experienced.

What worries of this mortal life get in the way of you being excited about eternal life?

What are your worries about eternal life?

What are you looking forward to in eternity?

What will you miss from this life?

Father God, I have wandering eyes that are attracted to the bright things of transitory life. Show me Jesus, I pray, and let me fix my eyes on him alone. Amen.

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