The world advertises its temporary truth to us so convincingly on a daily basis. The aging bodies, the suffering around us, materialism, hurt and pain. If we were to allow our focus to remain on any one of these things it would be very hard to remain hopeful and joyful in Christ.
The command we are given is simple: Fix our eyes on what is unseen, for what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4 vs 16-18
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 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.”
I love how the Bible says the opposite of what the world would like us to think. Where aging is perceived as something that is negative, the Word of God turns it around and encourages us that though outwardly we are indeed aging, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
As babies grow and develop from toddlers to young children, we consistently weigh them and measure their progress. We plot their growth and delight in their putting on weight and climbing up the height chart. Yet somewhere in one’s twenties the world starts whispering loudly into our hearts that our bodies are no longer growing, they have started dying and by the end of our twenties the fine wrinkles around our eyes are developing and our youthful energy is not quite at the peak it was a few years ago.
Yet we are being renewed day by day.
For although everyday my body outwardly is indeed growing older, I have the choice to be renewed in my mind day by day. Though the curve for outward aging may already be pointing downwards, the graph representing our spiritual growth should always be steadily increasing. It brings such an excitement to my Spirit, the thought that I can keep growing in my walk with God, keep learning, keep trusting, keep being comforted, guided and encouraged.
The challenge then lies in remembering not to lose our hearts. We are not to lose our hearts to the things of this world. We are not to lose our hearts to the treasures around us or anything that is temporary. We are to invest our hearts in what is unseen, and we are to focus on being renewed day by day.
Matthew 6 vs 19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”