Today, we will finish the 2 Corinthians 4 series and talk about life’s trials vs. eternal rewards. So far, we have gone over verses 3-15. Let’s read verses 16-18.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. ~~2 Cor. 4:16-18

Lessons from this passage:

  • Our outer bodies are decaying, but we aren’t depressed. We are joyful through this because 1) our hope is in Jesus Christ; His death & resurrection; our hope is not in ourselves, and 2) we will go to heaven one day, & we’ll get new, glorified bodies and 3) our sanctification is being improved day by day (that’s what Paul meant by “our inner self is being renewed day by day” in v. 16)!
  • Our everyday afflictions and trials are so small in comparison to eternity. What are a few days of trials in comparison to all of eternity spending time with Jesus? Our trials are preparing us for eternal glory. We longingly look forward to the day when we will see the unseen! We must not “fall in love” with this world but remember our home is with Jesus in the next life!

Suggested Application/Spiritual Growth:

  • Share the love of Christ with others by being joyful and serving your family.
  • As you read God’s Word this week, ask yourself these questions, “What is this telling me about God? How can I apply this to my life? What can I bring to the Lord in prayer?”

Join the Conversation:

What passage of the Bible are you reading in your everyday devotions?

–Mark and Rachel Shaw (thankful for the amazing Word of God)