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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Breath to Eternity"

Date published: 01/06/2019

2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)

 

   You have been taught most of your life to keep your eye on the ball, on your goal, on where you are going, etc.  Do not take your eye off what you are striving for; focus and consume yourself with the task at hand.  This is sound advice for the things of this world, but not necessarily in the spiritual realm.  Everything you do spiritually requires faith in God, His purpose for you and His eternal destiny.  The Bible continually teaches this spiritual principle, but do we live our lives this way?  No one does 100%, but life is a continual process of stepping by faith into the unknown, or settling on what seems to be the certainties in this world.

 

   Forgiveness is a good example of faith.  You are in conflict with someone and feel you are in the right.  The world says to bring resolution by pounding him/her into submission to your line of thinking through magnificent persuasion, prideful hurting, arrogant thinking, etc.  God though asks you to step into His Kingdom.  Leave an imprint of love above all else; forgive regardless of who is at fault; have greater concern for the other than for what’s happening to you.  God calls you to step into the unknown by trusting Him and putting the other’s interests before yours.  God asks you to entrust your hurts and desires to Him, while allowing Him to use you and the situation for His purposes.  So much of what God asks of you will place you second and others first.  Living this way is difficult and requires keeping your eyes on Jesus instead of yourself.  It requires you to trust God instead of yourself.  1 Corinthians 13:3b defines love’s importance succinctly: “But (if I) do not have love, it profits me nothing.” (NASB)  Continually you are challenged to place your hope in the eternal – not the fleeting breath of this life.

 

   God calls you in 2 Corinthians 4:17 to see your life as a work in progress for an eternal purpose that far outweighs anything this life produces: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”  God calls you to place your faith in the unseen – not the seen, believing your significance is in life eternal – not the breath of your life on this earth.  Finally, this Scripture tells you in 2 Corinthians 4:16 to maintain the course: “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”  God wants your continual steps of faith to be a metamorphosis that continually ushers you into God’s hands for His transformative work.  Keep your eyes on Jesus; trust God with your interests; enjoy God’s transformative work on this earth – you are only a breath away from eternity with Him.

 

2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (NIV)

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience:  “Discipleship” and “Transformation 2.”