Why do missionaries leave their families and native country to labor in distant lands? Why do Christian workers (teachers, secretaries, etc.) labor in ministries instead of working in higher paying positions in the world? Why do most believers cheerfully give from their income to the local church when they could spend it on things of pleasure? Why do Sunday School and Bible teachers sacrifice their time to prepare for their ministry to the saints instead of using that time for leisure? Why do so many believers make it a priority to set aside time to consistently be in Bible class, the preaching hour, and mid-week prayer and study services when they could choose to spend this time at work or play?
The answer to the above questions is found in II Corinthians 4:18: “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.” You see, a truly spiritually minded believer does NOT simply live for this life alone. Instead, he weighs his present actions and choices from a heavenly and eternal perspective of gain or loss. He is able to look at today’s time, ministry, finances, and choices as an opportunity to invest in eternal future reward, and he is motivated to do so with consistency, diligence, and joy.
How have you been looking at your life? Have you been only looking at the “things which are seen,” or have you been looking at, and valuing most highly, the things which are eternal? This may be a good day to change focus and priority.
To the Reader:
Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:
"It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles."
To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you'll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.
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