‘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.’ (2 Cor 4:16-18)
Paul and his fellow workers had suffered for Christ. They were persecuted and perplexed. Paul prayed constantly for the churches he had established as often he had been forced to leave them because of the opposition from the Jews and city authorities. However he was not in despair. He did not feel abandoned. He never considered giving up his preaching of Jesus Christ as Lord.
What did Paul remember as he faced opposition and trouble? Why did he not become discouraged? Paul knew that even though his physycal body was deteriorating(not only because of age but also because of the physical suffering he had endured), inwardly he was being renewed. He was drawing closer to the Lord, he was becoming more holy and he was depending on Christ’s power. The troubles were light and momentary compared to the eternal glory achieved. The troubles were ‘featherweight’ compared to the ‘heavyweight’ of eternal glory.
Do we have an eternal perspective about troubles? Whatever we are facing, whatever our world looks like, we need to remember that our lives now are very short compared to eternity. Our troubles now also change our character. We develop perseverance and become mature and complete. We learn to depend on our Heavenly Father instead of on our resources. We begin to remember we are citizens of the kingdom of heaven rather than focusing on here and now. And we fix our eyes on Jesus who went before us.
‘We are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ (2 Cor 3:18)
We are being transformed into Christ’s likeness. What was Christ like? Christ never sinned. He was pure and holy, He loved people, He was compassionate and He was prepared to serve others. At the same time He was obedient to His Father and put God’s honour first. That meant that He not only healed people, fed them and showed His care for them but He was also angry at the sin He saw in the world and spoke out against hypocritical attitudes.
We started life as sinners. We did what we wanted and we put ourselves first. When we were saved by God’s grace, our sinful nature was put to death and we began to live by the Spirit. The Spirit is transforming us and our lives are showing the fruit of the Spirit. Our lives are showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The characteristics are not ones that we see around us in this world. The world still opposes God. People who are part of this world do not want to know God or submit to His rule. But those of us who belong to Christ are different. We are not perfect yet but we are being changed. As we live for Christ we do everything to the glory of God. May people look at us now and see that we are becoming like Jesus.
SECANGKIR KOPI KEHIDUPAN
Dalam sebuah acara reuni, beberapa alumni menjumpai guru sekolah mereka dulu.
Melihat para alumni tsb ramai-ramai membicarakan kesuksesan mereka,
guru tsb segera ke dapur dan mengambil seteko kopi panas dan beberapa cangkir kopi yg berbeda-beda.
…Mulai dari cangkir yg terbuat dari kristal, kaca yang mahal, melamin sampai plastik murah.
Guru tsb menyuruh para alumni untuk mengambil cangkir dan mengisinya dengan kopi.
Setelah setiap alumni selesai mengisi cangkirnya dg kopi, guru berkata, “Perhatikanlah bhw kalian semua memilih cangkir yg bagus dan kini yg tersisa hanyalah cangkir yg murah dan tidak menarik”.
“Memilih hal yg terbaik adalah wajar dan manusiawi.
Namun persoalannya, ketika kalian tidak mendapatkan cangkir yg bagus perasaan kalian mulai terganggu.
Kalian secara otomatis melihat cangkir yg dipegang orang lain dan mulai membandingkannya. Pikiran kalian terfokus pd cangkir, padahal yg kalian nikmati bukanlah cangkirnya melainkan kopinya”.
“Hidup kita seperti kopi dalam analogi tsb di atas, sedangkan cangkirnya adalah pekerjaan, jabatan dan materi yg kita miliki. Jangan pernah membiarkan cangkir mempengaruhi kopi yg kita nikmati.
Cangkir bukanlah yg utama, Kualitas kopi itulah yg terpenting”.
Jangan berpikir bahwa materi yg melimpah, karier yg bagus dan pekerjaan maupun usaha yg mapan merupakan jaminan kebahagiaan. Itu konsep yg keliru.
Kualitas hidup kita ditentukan oleh
“Apa yg ada di dalam”
“Apa yg kelihatan dari luar”. Apa gunanya kita memiliki segalanya, namun kita tidak merasakan damai, sukacita dan kebahagiaan di dalam kehidupan kita?
Hal itu akan sangat menyedihkan, karena sama seperti kita menikmati kopi basi yang disajikan di sebuah cangkir kristal yg mewah dan mahal.
“Kunci menikmati kopi bukanlah seberapa bagus cangkirnya, tetapi seberapa bagus kualitas kopinya.”. “Mari kita menikmati secangkir kopi kehidupan yg berkualitas . . .”
*Semoga berguna dalam menikmati kopi kehidupan kita masing2..
Here’s very worth reading article from Ps Jaeson Ma.
Like Stephanie said, this article very complete.
And this article is written by a man not woman.
Because if a woman wrote this, maybe some of you will think:
“Girl is always demanding! Wishing a guy to be like this or like that.”
But because this is written from a man, means that he himself aware of how important his role as a man.
Ladies, here we go.. Here’s a man worth waiting for! 😉
The 5 Pillars of Manhood
(How Men Should Love & Respect Women)
WE NEED MEN OF GOD WHO WILL LOVE & RESPECT WOMEN OF FAITH.. NEXT STOP “MANHOOD” Continue reading
kalo dari kemaren temen gw nanya, gw lagi kenapa..
liat dr twitter suka nge-post yang ga jelas, ya emang bgitulah belakangan yang lagi gw rasain..
pagi ini aja ud “pedes” sama orang.. then gw pikir kenapa ya masih aja kaya gini?
lalu munculah satu kata yaitu TAWAR HATI..
trus gw inget di bible ada bahas soal ini, cuma gw ga inget secara detail..
lagi pengen cari verse nya di gugel, eh malah ketemu 1 blog yg isinya ttg itu..
check this out ya fren.. hope bisa jadi berkat buat kalian yg ngalamin hal yang sama kaya gw 😉