In Step with Eternal Values
“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.” - (2 Corinthians 4:18)
According to C. S. Lewis, “Life was not meant for pleasure only, nor for ease, but for discipline. Not for temporal, but for eternal values; not for the satisfying of a life here on earth, but for the development of a life for heaven.” He also wrote that “the clergy have been set aside and trained to look after what concerns us as creatures who are going to live forever.”
Some believers live as if their life span is everything and eternity is nothing, while some live as if eternity is everything and their life span is nothing. Some are so heavenly minded they are no earthly good while some are so earthly minded they are no heavenly good. As in everything there is a need for balance, but there are many Scriptures that exhort us to be more heavenly minded and to hold eternity’s values in view while we live out our lives here on earth.
One eternal value is that the invisible is a greater value than the visible. A reason for this is described in the verse above. What is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal. The Old Testament prophets were called “Seers” because they saw the unseen God and many things God wanted them to see and then share with the people of God.
God is a Spirit and a spirit is unseen. We are told in the Scripture that faith is the evidence of that which we cannot see. Do you value that which you cannot see more than what you can see?
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