2Cor. 4:18 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.
It is really easy to be stuck on things that have no eternal weight. What am I talking about? It’s our goofed up value system. Man’s tendency is to place extreme value on things that are ultimately worthless and to place no value on the weighty things of heaven. The Apostle Paul is a great example of this. Paul was socially, politically, and economically connected. If you remember he said he was a Roman citizen, that in itself was extremely valuable. He was raised at the feet of Gamaliel, that cost somebody a lot of money. Paul had also been a leading Pharisee, one of the most influential positions in the land. He walked away from all of that after he had seen Christ. What changed for Paul? I guess you could say it was related to weightiness. He had touched the unseen world of God, from that point everything changed. Here is how Paul described it. “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Phil.3:7,8 Here is how Adam Clarke describes this unseen reality.
“While we look not at the things which are seen. While we aim not at the things which are seen; do not make them our object; are not striving to obtain them; for they are not worthy the pursuit of an immortal spirit, because they are seen; they are objects to which the natural eye can reach; and they are temporary; they are to have a short duration, and must have an end. But the things which we make our scope and aim are not seen; they are spiritual, and therefore invisible to the eye of the body; and besides, eternal-things that are permanent; that can have no end; they are things which belong to God; holiness, happiness, and the endless communication and fruition of himself.”
How do we free ourselves from the attraction to the worthless in light of the eternal value of the kingdom of heaven? It is changed by what we see. Just like today’s verse says, “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”.