Sunday, July 25, 2010

"This Momentary Light Affliction..."

What makes a man suffering from heart disease continue to write a book, teach others, and to reach out to the lost; then hear him question why he doesn’t suffer as much as some others around him?

What makes a woman who is a mother of 9 and grandmother of 4, struggling to work and take care of her family give out of her grocery money to make sure another could eat and get to work?

What makes a professor push his students to study and read, only to have some of those same students scoff not only at him but at higher education; yet still continue to teach year after year?

What makes a single grandmother, continue education in the face of no support from family or church leaders in order to be able to teach at the college level knowing she will never be tenured?

Doesn’t that sound utterly ridiculous? Why would people do this? They must be mentally ill, wouldn’t you say?

Change the channel, there must be something more entertaining to watch.

But what if they are serving something besides their own needs? What if they are being lead by something else? Could it be in this pluralistic, postmodern, pass-the-buck society there are people suffering to serve God?

Maybe they actually did hear God’s voice.

“We are afflicted in every way, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but thought our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 16-18

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