Sunburn, back pain, and pulled muscles. These are the results of an over-abundance of brick laying. While my parents were visiting my sick grandfather in Florida, my other grandparents stayed at our house. During their stay, we worked on a project to redo the walkway to our house. Little did I know that I would get sunburned in March! Not that I’m complaining. 🙂
Anyway, the entire experience has made me think about how earth is not our home. We are only travelers in a strange land, pilgrims searching for the road to our true destination. This body is temporal, it is full of breakable parts. I think that young people such as myself have problems understanding these facts; we think we will live forever. But as we grow older, we understand death more.
I love what 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 has to say about life on earth, and life after earth. ” Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
‘What is unseen is eternal.’ Beautiful language! Paul was writing to the church at Corinth to press on and endure the hardships of persecution. Because really, what is persecution if they can only harm this body? Remember what Jesus said about how we should not fear those who persecute, but rather the One who destroys the soul in Hell? With this in mind, we need to be courageous in our evangelism because we have only a short time to work for Christ.
As I am finishing my study on the Screwtape Letters, I also found a passage in the 28th letter about this very thing. “Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it,’ while really it is finding its place in him. His increasing reputation, his widening circle of acquaintances, his sense of importance, the growing pressure of absorbing and agreeable work, build up in him a sense of being really at home in earth which is just what we want. You will notice that the young are generally less unwilling to die than the middle-aged and the old.”
We must try and keep out the world, so that we do not let it find its place in our hearts.
So as I recover from my labors, every ache or tingle reminds me that I am not of this world. I encourage to continue in your walk with Christ every day.
In His faith,
P.S. sorry about the late post. As you now know, I have been slightly (cough) busy. 😀