Look Up

It’s ETERNITY WEEK here on GUWG, where all week long we’ll be lifting our eyes and looking at things from God’s perspective.

Here’s today’s mind-altering selection:

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 what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Jesus on Salvation, Part 2

gripWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re taking a look at what Jesus said about a variety of absolutely critical, life-altering subjects in his own words with a minimum of commentary from me.

Today’s topic: Part 2 of JESUS ON SALVATION. Yesterday we looked at selection of verses from John’s Gospel. Today we’ll look at what the rest of the Gospels say.

Jesus on Salvation, Part 1

believe2We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re taking a look at what Jesus said about a variety of absolutely critical, life-altering subjects in his own words with a minimum of commentary from me.

Today we start delving into JESUS ON SALVATION.

Look Up

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 what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16b-18)

It all started when I hit 40.

First, I separated my shoulder when I fell going over a ski “jump” that was approximately four-and-a-half inches high. Then I tore my ACL trying to play football with teenagers. Then I developed permanent ringing in my ears from listening to too much loud music. Then I tore a groin muscle trying to guard my niece in a friendly game of basketball. Then I had to get my feet scraped by a foot doctor because they grew creepy-looking “mega calluses.” Then I had to get a pair of root canals because my teeth started falling apart. Then my hair started rapidly retreating from my head and popping up in expected places like my ears and nose.

Instead of grumbling about my sudden cornucopia of nose hair and other physical ailments, I should pry my eyes away from the mirror and LOOK UP.

When we fix our eyes on God and see things from his eternal perspective, everything looks different. Our bodies falling apart is a blessing. God’s work is an inside job. Our troubles are temporary.

What we see ain’t all there is. God’s got something much bigger and better in mind — eternal glory.

FIX YOUR EYES

Top Ten Verses: #1

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, based on an exhaustive study conducted by research scientists with very large brains (and apparently a lot of time on their hands) who determined how often each verse appears in print.

Drum roll, please. Here’s the absolute #1 most popular Bible verse in the history of the world. You learned it in Sunday School. You’ve seen it on banners at sporting events. Maybe you’ve even got it tattooed on your biceps.

But don’t let familiarity rob it of its power and truth. Pray through every single precious word right now with all your heart.

For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish
but have eternal life.
(John 3:16)

BELIEVE!

Every Second Counts

You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while
and then vanishes away.

(James 4:14 NASB)

Be very careful, then, how you live —
not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity,
because the days are evil.
(Ephesians 5:16)

Stand firm. Let nothing move you.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:58)

God’s message is clear.
Life on this planet is short. Eternity is long. Live like it.

LIVE FOR GOD TODAY

Look Up!

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. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16b-18)

As soon as I hit 40, my body started falling apart. First, I separated my shoulder going off a ski “jump” that was approximately four-and-a-half inches high. Then I tore my ACL trying to play football with teenagers. Then I developed permanent ringing in my ears from playing too much loud guitar. Then I tore a groin muscle playing hoops in the driveway. Then I had to get my feet scraped by a foot doctor because they had grown creepy-looking “mega calluses.” Then I had to get a pair of root canals because my teeth started falling apart. Then my hair started rapidly retreating from my head and popping up in unexpected places like my ears and nose. And, as I write this, I’m suddenly noticing that my eyesight seems to be fading fast.

Instead of grumbling about my sudden cornucopia of nose hair, I should pry my eyes away from the mirror and look up.

When we fix our eyes on God and see things from His eternal perspective, everything looks different. Our bodies falling apart is a blessing. God’s work is an inside job. Our troubles are temporary. What we see ain’t all there is. God’s got something much bigger and better in mind — eternal glory.

FIX YOUR EYES