I was talking to my daughter the other day and she had a couple of rough days ahead, normal life stuff. I suggested she look forward to the future when she would be over and past those few days. Easier said than done, but through experience, you learn that it does lift your spirit to look forward to something good.
As Christians, we can do that, look forward to something good. We are not walking randomly around on the earth, we are following the Lord. There is a big difference between walking and walking with a purpose toward something. Following Jesus is a purposeful act that leads to a forever home with Him. Any troubles we have her on earth are just temporary, for we have a bright future to focus on!
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
So, we know we will have trials that tempt us to take our eyes off our future, so what do we do to stay focused? Remember Jesus. It wasn’t for nothing that He died on a cross. It was for the glorious future and the joy that the future gave Him. Isn’t it worth anything we bear, to have an eternal home with Jesus? Yes! There is no comparison and that is why we should compare the two worlds every so often, so we remember our trials are temporary.
As usual, Jesus sets the example for us to follow in bearing suffering. He bore ALL on the cross, for you and me. He did it to follow and honor God’s will. His example is sort of like a template that we fit our lives into. When we bear sorrow and trials with a heavenly focus, we are staying within the template of Him. We will become more like Him. If we draw outside the template, we will look less like Him. Fixing our eyes on Jesus is the key.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 2-3
There is an old song that jumped in my mind just now, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. What a wonderful song of hope. The world becomes dim as we gaze on our wonderful Savior!
Dear, wonderful Savior,
Thank You for Your example to guide us as we travel closer and closer to a future with you. Help us to alter our view so we are aimed toward You, Your will, Your path for us. Please forgive us when we take our eyes off You and get stressed by events in the world. We know that You went through so much so that we could have a future with You, so we will do our best, Your best rather, to follow at a close distance, the One that we love! We do love You so much! In Your precious name, we ask all these things. Amen
Have a wonderful day! Love and prayers,
Just me. Just His.