16So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18as 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.
What helped Paul to avoid losing heart (v16)?
(Think: How can one nature decay while the other is renewed?)
What is the significance of each of the words in v17: “momentary,” “eternal weight?”
What are the things that are “seen” and the things that are “not seen” (v18)?
(Think: How can we “look at” things that are “not seen”?)
The following is a reprint of portions of a letter dated March 7, 2003, written by Karen Wilson, a missionary to Iraq. Karen and four other missionaries were killed on March 15, 2004. The letter was sent to the pastors of her church with instructions that it be opened only in the event of her death. Her message embodies the Apostle Paul’s exhortation.
When God calls there are no regrets. I wasn’t called to a place. I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory my reward. I thank you all for your prayers and support. Surely your reward in heaven will be great. Thank you for investing in my life and spiritual well-being. Keep sending missionaries out. In regards to any service, keep it small and simple. Just preach the life-saving, life-changing, forever-eternal gospel. Give glory and honor to our Father. I was called not to comfort or success but to obedience. There is no joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving him.
Care more than some think is wise; risk more than some think is safe; expect more than some think is possible.