Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Immeasurable Glory

In today's devotion I was reminded to look at any present suffering or present troubles as being quite small, and that remembering that our worldly life won't last very long.

Sometimes when I'm in those moments of suffering with an ailment or another part of my body that is "feeling its age", I like to put on my pity hat. Doesn't anyone else care that I hurt this badly and that the pain won't go away. Paul challenges us to look past today, look past the moment, look past the "pain in my neck" and think on His Glory. Think on someone else who is hurting more than me. Be busy about helping that other person or encouraging them where they are. When I take on my pain and bump it up against Jesus' suffering, mine suddenly seems SO TRIVIAL.

Further down in Corinthians it notes what God will do when we take on the right thoughts, Godly attitudes and helpful actions for others...He produces GLORY THAT WILL LAST FOREVER. Not just a moment or a day...FOREVER! One day in Heaven, my neck won't hurt anymore, there will be no crying. There will be PRAISING AND GLORIFYING our Christ for the love he had for us and will have for us for ETERNITY. Suddenly, my neck feels better!
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May discomforts produce an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!” 2 Corinthians 4:17

1 comment:

Alex said...

AMEN! I'm relating to your words with a different kind of pain. I've been dealing with some trials from a pastor's standpoint lately and my own integrity has been called senselessly into question by some not-so-good people. I am reminded in my devotions that what I endure now is for the sake of the Kingdom and I can't expect anyone else to do what God has called me to do.

What good are we in being the living representation of Christ to the world if we don't suffer along with Christ, physically or otherwise? After all, Jesus didn't say, "sit in your comfortable pews and enjoy a life of luxury" (even though some preachers would have you believe that). Instead, Jesus' invitation is for us to take up our own crosses and follow him.