2 Corinthians 4:18 - Focus on What Will Last Forever.

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLV) 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.  


Giving up often causes us to miss the best 
God has to offer. It is easy to lose heart and 
quit. We all have faced problems in our 
relationships or in our work that have caused us to want 
to think about laying down the tools and 
walking away. Rather than giving up when persecution 
wore him down, Paul concentrated on experiencing 
the inner strength from the Holy Spirit (Ephes. 
3:16). Don't let fatigue, pain, or criticism force 
you off the job. Renew your commitment to 
serving Christ. Don't forsake your eternal reward 
because of the intensity of today's pain. Your very 
weakness allows the resurrection power of Christ to 
strengthen you moment by moment.  [Life Application 


   I'm standing outside on my deck in early 
spring, surveying the patio below where a bunch of 
ceramic and plastic pots are filled with dead 
plants. It's a somewhat depressing sight, and I 
wonder if the perennials will come back to life. I 
know they won't with any help from me - I'm a 
serial plant killer. My husband, Hal, is the one 
with the green thumb. He's out there, early in 
the season, tidying up the space and preparing 
for the new growth. 
   I know in my heart that when spring 
really kicks in, many of those sad-looking plants 
will begin to sprout and later flourish. What I 
see now is only temporary. Change is happening 
in the garden; I just can't discern it with my 
eyes. In my mind, I remember the blooms of last 
season and imagine the flowers that will bring me 
joy in the coming months. 
   That was the message the apostle Paul 
delivered to the Corinthian church. Although it 
appeared they were taking a beating and facing 
hardships because they were following Jesus, like my 
dead plants, they were actually being renewed 
each day because of their belief in Jesus. 
Eternal joy was on the horizon, not only in heaven 
with the Lord but also coming to them on earth. 
   Despite this season of seemingly lifeless 
surroundings, I use my eternal vision and look forward to 
better days and the glory of spring that's ahead. 
Barbranda Lumpkins Walls 
   Faith Step: In what situation do you need 
eternal vision? Journal about what seems to be 
happening and pray for Jesus to show you what's really 
happening. [Mornings With Jesus 2023 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   We are to "look not at the things which 
are seen, but at the things which are not seen: 
for the things which are seen are temporal; but 
the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 
Corinthians 4:18. The exchange we make in the denial of 
selfish desires and inclinations is an exchange of 
the worthless and transitory for the precious 
and enduring. This is not sacrifice, but 
infinite gain.  
   "Something better" is the watchword of 
education, the law of all true living. Whatever Christ 
asks us to renounce, He offers in its stead 
something better. Often the youth cherish objects, 
pursuits, and pleasures that may not appear to be 
evil, but that fall short of the highest good. 
They divert the life from its noblest aim. 
Arbitrary measures or direct denunciation may not 
avail in leading these youth to relinquish that 
which they hold dear. Let them be directed to 
something better than display, ambition, or 
self-indulgence. Bring them in contact with truer beauty, 
with loftier principles, and with nobler lives. 
Lead them to behold the One "altogether lovely." 
When once the gaze is fixed upon Him, the life 
finds its center. The enthusiasm, the generous 
devotion, the passionate ardor, of the youth find here 
their true object. Duty becomes a delight and 
sacrifice a pleasure. To honor Christ, to become like 
Him, to work for Him, is the life's highest 
ambition and its greatest joy.  ED296,7 


2 Corinthians 4:18 - Focus on What Will Last