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2 Corinthians 4:18 “So, we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

Stephen Covey says in his book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” that we should always operate with the end in mind. When you focused on the goal at the end you tend to focus differently. Some things become less important because they don’t line up with the goal at the end.

What are we looking at? The Apostle Paul was trying to help the Christians in Corinth to stay faithful to God in a hostile city. They were being persecuted for their beliefs. Paul painted a painful but positive picture of their persecution.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”

How do we make it to the end when we are being persecuted for following Jesus!

  1. Do not focus on what you see. He specifically said, “Do not focus on the troubles we can see. We used to sing a song in my childhood church, “trouble in my way, I have to cry sometimes…but I won’t worry this I know…Jesus will fix it…after while.” It’s so easy to get fixated on our troubles that we forget to look for Jesus.
  2. We fix our gaze on that which cannot be seen. We have to focus on the light that shines in our hearts. There is some inner work that we have to do to endure the temporary struggles on the outside. There’s some character development that has to be done so we won’t cave into outside pressure.
  3. Stop focusing on temporary challenges and instead focus on the end goal of eternal life with God. Only what we do for Christ will last.
  4. Today, operate with the end in mind. The troubles you encounter are temporary. Your salvation is eternal. God will never stop loving you. Let his love Guide you and let his light get you through dark times. Jesus will fix it after while!

 

Dear God,

My mind is made up and I’m not turning back or giving up. I know you have more for me at the end of this challenge. You are growing me up and getting me ready for something I cannot even imagine right now. Eyes haven’t seen, neither have ears heard what you have in store for us. I am going to keep my eyes on the prize and hold on!

In Jesus Name,

Amen