Our Light Affliction
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 and 2 Corinthians 5:1,9-10,14-15 will be our verses to concentrate on this week. They state, "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Therefore, we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus; that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again."
Since all of us are God's children, we all have this "light affliction" Paul speaks of. It is interesting to note what these 2 words mean in the original Greek. "Light" is translated "easy." "Affliction" means "pressure, anguish, burden, persecution, tribulation, and/or trouble." So, we could say that the pressure we feel presently or the troubles we are experiencing now are EASY!!! Yes, I agree with you that sometimes the burdens we deal with sure don't seem easy...BUT remember what Paul says next....they are only for a moment and they are "working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen." This means that these afflictions are accomplishing for us an abundance of dignity and honor that will last forever. If we can wrap our minds around this truth, we will be able to have victory another day, month, or year until we see our Savior's face and then fully realize the truth of every word in His Holy
If we do hold tight to the exhortation to look at the things that are not seen, our aim will always be to please God. The words "we make it our aim...to be well pleasing to Him" in the original could be "We labour...to be accepted of Him" or "We strive, study, are eager...to be fully agreeable to Him." In other words, we seek to live for Him (not ourselves) when it seems things are dark and we seek to live for Him (and not ourselves) when things are going well. This is what pleases Him. Do we HAVE to do this? No, we don't...BUT if we are His, we want to do this because "the love of Christ compels us." This word "compel" in the original Greek is the word "constraineth" which means "compel or force someone toward a particular course of action." This does NOT mean that Christ forces us to live for Him. What it does mean is that if you understand just a little bit of what Jesus did on the cross for you, that little bit of knowledge makes you so thankful for what He did that you have no other thought than to DESIRE to live for Him.
We pray that all of us may remember this day and forever that we have "a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."