What Are You Looking At?
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NKJV) 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.
God has created a beautiful place for humanity. The diversity of plants, animals and people declares His glory as do the sun, moon and stars. The whole created universe is filled with spectacular beauty and mystery enough to keep the curious seeker busy for eternity.
We are meant to enjoy the creation but not set our affections upon it. To worship a created or constructed thing is, at the least, foolish and, at worst, blasphemous. The Creator is the only One worthy of worship, honor and praise. Our gaze should be toward Him and the heavenly realm where He abides. We should look away from all that distracts to Him.
Hebrews 12:2 (AMP) Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
We are encouraged to set our affections on heavenly, unseen, things and not on what we can see. The material realm will pass away and be recreated as a “new heaven and a new earth.”
Colossians 3:2 (KJV) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
The Amplified Bible says it this way:
Colossians 3:2 (AMP) And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.
In other words, keep your focus on eternal things and not on the temporary things of this life on earth.
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