Through my devotional reading these past couple of weeks (especially reading through 2Corinthians and 1&2Peter), I have been reminded of the importance of maintaining a heavenly perspective in dealing with our earthly problems. In fact, it is an essential for our Christian lives. In my bible reading of late, I have been encouraged often as I have been reminded continually that my/our inheritance in Heaven is eternally safe and secure. With that being true (I have reasoned), what does it matter if we suffer the loss of a few earthly comforts or possessions in the course of following Jesus? Likewise, if our tried and tested faith is more precious and valuable to us [in the economy of Heaven and eternity] than refined gold, then the “heat” of adversity in our lives can only serve to benefit us, not ruin us.
This is not intended to be a sermon, just a thought. In fact, such thoughts have been the source of my continual “musings” in recent days and weeks. Do any of you care to join me in considering the same?
“Therefore we do not lose heart. For even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction – which is, comparatively speaking, for a mere moment – is producing for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory: while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2Corinthians 4:16-18)
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is come upon you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you made a partaker of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you…But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.” (1Peter 4:12-16)
“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellent virtue. And because of His glory and virtue, He has given us exceedingly great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His Divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires [the fleshly lusts which war against your soul]. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises by supplementing your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and to your moral excellence add/cultivate spiritual insight, and to your spiritual insight add/cultivate self-control, and to self-control add/cultivate patient endurance, and to your patient endurance add/cultivate godliness [that which is pleasing to God and an example to others] and to godliness add/cultivate brotherly affection (phileo), and to brotherly affection add/cultivate love (agapē). For as you mature and develop spiritually in these areas, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their former sins.” (2Peter 1:3-9, free translation)