In the truest sense, Christian pilgrims have the best of both worlds. We have joy whenever this world reminds us of the next, and we take solace whenever it does not. - C. S. Lewis
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV
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.
In John 16:33, Jesus told His disciples that this world will bring us problems. Problems come in all shapes and sizes in our lives, from health issues to broken relationships. Every person will encounter problems on a daily basis. How should we deal with these problems? We should look at them in the eyes of eternity. This does not mean we sit back and wait for better times. It is quite the opposite. We are to take every struggle as spiritual conditioning, just as an Olympic athlete would approach their physical conditioning.
Olympic athletes go to painstaking measures just to shave off a millisecond on their run times or add just a few kilograms to the weight they lift. They push past the pain and agony in their practices to be at their top form at competition time. This is how we, as Christians, are to look at our lives. Every temporary difficulty we endure is getting us ready for the “eternal weight of glory.” This weight of glory is tied to our suffering. G. Campbell Morgan writes, “Affliction is not something to be endured in order to reach glory. It is the very process which creates the glory. Through travail comes birth.” Take heart in the middle of your struggle. Know that the weight of the cross is a counterbalance to the temporary affliction you are going through. Keep in the forefront of your mind the grandeur of God’s glory that awaits you in Heaven.
Come, Holy Spirit! Fill us with your grace as we embrace the struggles of our lives as conditioning for our future home with you in Heaven. Amen.