First Baptist Church | 414 Pecan Ave| Philadelphia, MS 39350 | fbcphilly.com | November 12, 2018
"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." 2 Corinthians 4:18
Paul makes this declaration following a list of trials that
he was going through for the sake of the gospel. He wants us to remember that the experiences and circumstances of the present life are
merely temporary and fleeting. The seen things like health issues, financial issues, political, and even church circumstances are all passing
away. Paul encourages us not to focus on these things but to focus on the eternal. These things includes God's word internalized,
spiritual growth that starts on the inside, our souls, Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, and especially the hope of heaven.
As we prepare for the Christmas season, we know we want to be prepared
concerning the things we see - like learning all the notes and rhythms - being on time for rehearsals etc. But let us not forget about our hearts
and our spirits, the unseen. In the next couple of weeks, let us keep praying, keep reading the Word, keep encouraging those around us, and
keep our focus on Jesus, our Sanctuary and peace.